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The Netherlands. A gilt-bronze rectangular plaque with the Penitent Magdalene late 16th century; 140.99 g; 72 x 103 mm.
Mary Magndalene in mournful attitude, holding crucifix, behind her a city, Jerusalem, by her side a skull, a scourge, and her attribute an ointment jar.
Cast and chased gilt-bronze plaque, unattributed. With later loop.
cf. Weber 1041.1.
See for a comparable gild-bronze plaque with the mourning St. Peter in: Warren, Jeremy, Vol 3 Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum: Plaquettes (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum Publications, 2014), pp. 1046 – 1048 no. 506.
Mary Magdalene was a woman who, according to the four canonical gospels, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and was a witness to his crucifixion and its aftermath. Mary’s epithet Magdalene may mean that she came from the town of Magdala, a fishing town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.