This angel would have formed part of an Annunciation scene (the body of the Virgin is now lost). The right hand lifted in a gesture of the forefinger and language pointing upwards indicate a reference to God the Father, or the existence of the Holy Spirit. The angel likely held a scroll
This sculpture looks back to an earlier convention of sweetly smiling bodies, which developed in the 13th century and affected by sculptures at Reims Cathedral. The uncommon iconography with the angel is located in illuminated manuscripts. The design of the carving and iconographical signs exemplified by painted Annunciations indicates a date between 1450 and 1415.
This item is part of "Scan The World". Scan the World is a nonprofit initiative introduced by MyMiniFactory, through which we're creating an electronic archive of landmarks, artworks and totally 3D printable sculptures from across the world for the people to access free of charge. Scan the World is an open source, community effort, if you've got interesting pieces around you and want to give, e-mail [email protected] to learn ways to help.