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European representations of the Virgin Mary typically present her as clothed and emphasize her miraculous virginity as well as her motherhood. This painted ivory Virgin and child statuette is from late 12th century France. The artist depicted the mother and child naturalistically, with fluid, even playful movements. The Virgin wears a crown representing her status as the Queen of Heaven, and crushes a serpent figure representing Satan under her foot.

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