Sunday, 3 August 2008
Pre-Reformation Devotional Images of Our Lady
Down the road from Anwick, at Bigby (well when I say down the road I mean the same county) is another fragment of a similar image of the Virgin and Child. This probably slightly earlier dating from the turn of the thirteenth/fourteenth century.
As you see it has not faired as well as the Anwick fragment, but is nonetheless an important survival. The figure of the Christ Child seems to be kicking his legs about and reminds me very much of this lively image in glass at East Hagbourne, Berkshire, which is of similar vintage: