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Head (fragment of a statuette); reused in a reliquary of saint Ursula, part of an altarpiece (Front)

Head (fragment of a statuette); reused in a reliquary of saint Ursula, part of an altarpiece (Front)
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Villacarralón (Valladolid), Church of Santa Maria de la Asunción


Wood (rest of the reliquary);ivory

Height: 76 mm (ivory only)

Head of the Virgin (fragment of a Virgin and Child).

Urrea Fernández 1981 and Valladolid 2009: France, 14th century; re-used in a 17th-century reliquary of Saint Ursula, probably made in León.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy, both original and later.

Carved in the round.

Object Condition
The ivory head certainly came from a Virgin and Child statuette and has been reused to be part of a 17th-century reliquary of saint Ursula, probably in a León workshop.

From the Benedictine monastery of Sahagún, as it is recorded in the accounts of the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción that 572 reales were spent in 1811-1812 to dismantle the altarpiece in Sahagún and reassemble it in Villacarralón, further records make it clear that it was bought from the monastery (for more details, see Valladolid 2009).

J. Urrea Fernández and J. C. Brasas Egido, Antiguo partido judicial de Villalón de Campos, Catálogo Monumental de la Provincia de Valladolid (Valladolid, 1981), vol. XII, pp. 105-106, fig. 406.
M.-M. Estella Marcos, La Escultura de marfil en España románica y gótica (Madrid, 1984), p. 161.
Patrimonio Restaurado de la Provincia de Valladolid 1997-2003. Del olvido a la memoria, dir. by J. Urrea Fernández (Valladolid, 2009), pp. 16-19 (M. Arias Martínez and J. I. Hernández Redondo).


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