crystal bellies, manticores + dour infants

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Attributed to Master Heinrich of Constance. The Visitation. Walnut with paint, gilding, and rock crystal cabochons. 1310 - 1320. (Fun fact: the crystal covered cavities in the bellies of Mary and Elizabeth may have originally allowed glimpses of the fetal Jesus and John the Baptist.) 

Hard-paste porcelain figure of a manticore. Austrian (Vienna), Du Paquier factory, ca. 1735.

Jean-Joseph Carriés (1855-1894): The Infanta. Glazed stoneware. 1890-1894.