Figure, Madonna and child, wood / metal / silk, maker unknown, Italy, 1800
Processional figure of Madonna and child. The Madonna is standing with her head, torso and arms supported on a metal rod, which is mounted on a four-footed circular, wooden pedestal. The Madonna is shown wearing an 18th century style red silk bodice and skirt, which is decorated with stylised floral and foliate design in couched gold thread. She has one brass earring in her right ear lobe. Protruding from the centre palm of the Madonna's left hand is a vertical carved peg upon which the child fits to secure him into position. The child, which is also standing, is dressed in a full-length cotton chemise with lace at the hem and neck over which is a full length red silk coat embroidered in gold thread. Both the figure of the Madonna and child is made from carved wood which has been plastered and painted.