These traditional devotional figures at one time formed a Crucifixion group with a Crucified Christ (now lost). The ensemble may have been mounted high above the entrance to the sanctuary of a church on a barrier called a rood beam, beyond which lay people were not allowed. Crucifixion groups were common in medieval churches where they symbolized the sacrifice and real presence of Christ in the Mass.

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  • Title: Mourning Virgin
  • Date Created: c. 1240-1260
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 43.9 x 10.9 cm (17 5/16 x 4 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Dr. Kurt Rossacher, Salzburg); Mr. and Mrs. Severance A. Millikin, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1957.500
  • Medium: painted wood
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: Austria, Region of Salzburg, Lungau?, 13th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Severance A. Millikin
  • Collection: MED - Gothic
  • Accession Number: 1957.500

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