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Saint Michael presenting donor to Virgin and Child plaque
  • Hennequin du Vivier
    active: France or Flanders
  • Saint Michael presenting donor to Virgin and Child plaque, late 1300s
  • Where object was made: France or Flanders
  • silver
  • Object Height/Width: 9.8 x 12.7 cm
    Object Height/Width: 3 7/8 x 5 in
  • Museum purchase: Friends of the Art Museum
  • Not on display
  • 1959.0005

Silver plaque depicting a full-length winged figure (identified as Saint Michael) standing behind a kneeling full-length figure (identified as a donor). On the right is a full-length seated female figure (identified as the Virgin Mary) with a nude child on her lap (identified as Jesus Christ). The woman is wearing a crown and holds a staff/scepter in her proper right hand. The child is holding a flower in his proper left hand. They both sit on an elaborate throne with architectural elements. The kneeling figure has his hands held in front of him in prayer and a scroll with an inscription that continues above him. He also holds a series of beads on a string. The winged figure has his proper right hand on the kneeling figure's shoulder. In his left hand he holds a staff with a flag/banner on top. There is a floral border from the bottom left to top center and in the top left corner.