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Christ Child

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Gregor Erhart (um 1470-1540)ca. 1500Augsburglime wood with original polychromyH 56,5 cm

This Christ Child made of lime wood represents the incarnated God. The gesture of blessing, as well as the globe, point towards Christ as Messiah and future Judge of the World. This type of near life-size figures of Christ, which can be viewed from all angles, were particularly popular in nunneries of the 15th century. This late Gothic Christ Child had been carved for the Cistercian Nunnery in Heggbach in Upper Swabia. The devout adoration of Christ Child took on most realistic forms in the nativity plays at Christmas time. Nuns dressed the sculpture in precious clothes, laid it in a crib and then put it up on the altar.