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Our Lady

<p><em>Our Lady</em>, anonymous, Monastery of Sant Miquel del Fai (Vall&egrave;s Oriental, Barcelona),&nbsp;<em>c</em>.&nbsp;1330-1340, Catalonia, polychrome alabaster.&nbsp; Dr. Jes&uacute;s P&eacute;rez Rosales collection.</p>

Our Lady, anonymous, Monastery of Sant Miquel del Fai (Vallès Oriental, Barcelona), c. 1330-1340, Catalonia, polychrome alabaster.  Dr. Jesús Pérez Rosales collection.

This sculpture features Our Lady sitting on a throne, visible from the back of the image, with the Child standing on her left knee. Jesus, dressed in a long robe, gives a blessing with his right hand and holds a bird in the other.

Our Lady is wearing a tunic belted at the waist, with her head covered in a large cloak fastened with a clasp on the chest and she is also wearing a crown. In her right hand she holds an attribute common in Romanesque Marian images which also lasted into the Gothic period: the sphere.

Important parts of the original polychromy have survived: gold touches on the hems and crown.

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