Golden Madonna of Essen

Date: c. 980

Place of Production: Germany

Description: 74cm-tall sculpture of the Virgin holding the infant Jesus, made from a wooden core covered with sheets of gold. It is one of the oldest known full-length, free-standing sculptures of the Madonna in the medieval West.

Held at: Essen Cathedral Treasury

Image 2 licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Image by Martin Engelbrecht.