Sculpted in walnut.
Carved in full round and with integral base.
At the front of the base a round hole to hold relics.
The figure is marked at the bottom with the three poles of the Mechelen coat-of-arms, sign of the Mechelen sculptor's Guild.
Also marked with a hand, but this is probably of later date.
Full round sculpted statues of the Virgin and Child are quite rare in Mechelen, mostly these have a flattened back and separate oakwood bases.
The relic base underneath is also unusual. On the back of the statue we see a flat wooden stick at half height, probably this is flattened later on, most likely it used to be some sort of a handle as we see on paxes.
We like to thank Michael Rief of the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen for this advise.
Provenance: Collection Carl von Weinberg (1861-1943)