This is a 12th. Century or earlier Romanesque Sculpture of the Madonna in Prayer. The Madonna in Majesty, in a frontal pose, The style is European, possible France or Northern Spain, possibly Catalonia. Its aged, and worn, but still highly collectable early wooden Romanesque Sculpture;- Very Rare.
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It had wood worm but not now...The detail is stunning. Its got a patina of dark oaken brown colour. The Statue is sitting on a modern base. The Face is very worn but still an early collectable piece. Wooden sculpture Alongside sculpture using monumental stone, designed to be incorporated in architecture, the men of the 11th and 12th centuries also used wooden sculpture, particularly for works intended to be placed inside churches.
Much more fragile due to the putrescibility of their material, it is rarer for examples of these to be preserved today. Wooden sculpture also developed outside the kingdom of France, especially in Catalonia, where, in the second quarter of the 12th century.
The “High Middle Ages” period did not totally disregard stonework; indeed, it was used for decorative liturgical objects, predominantly with an interlace motif. Figurative sculpture was mostly produced in stucco, bronze or ivory.
Between around the year 1000 and the middle of the 12th century, monumental sculpture became more popular again, first being placed on capitals before moving on to grand portals – sculpture that was, in the Middle Ages, always polychrome