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ID number:  BIRBI-40.10
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Title / Object name:  The Meeting of Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gate
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Brussels
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  about 1500
Materials:  Wood (oak)
Measurements:  55.9 x 40.3 cm
Provenance:  Purchased at auction in Birmingham, September 1940

The subject of the Meeting of Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Virgin Mary, comes from The Golden Legend (CXXIX). Their gestures of greeting are an unusual way of representing the subject for the date, and may reflect an earlier prototype. The carving is also unusually large and was perhaps a specific commission. It once belonged to the son of John Hardman junior (1811-1867), of Birmingham, who made ecclesiastical objects for the Gothic Revival designer and architect AWN Pugin (1812-1852). Conceivably the carving was supplied by Pugin as a workshop model.

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