Child’s rocking cradle

Made:
1500-1650 in Germany and Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Child's rocking cradle, wooden, painted with biblical scenes, 16th or early 17th century

Richly illustrated biblical scenes adorn this rocking cradle. It was almost certainly created for a wealthy or important infant. The initials H. D. are presumably the child’s. They are carved out of the base and also painted into a shield at the head end of the crib. The cradle is made of wood and is ornately carved with foliage and birds. It also features angels on the foot end overlooking the child.

A biblical scene is painted on each of the four faces. One shows Saul expelling David. The others are possibly scenes from King David’s reign. At best, most infants had simple wooden cribs. This child was lucky enough or wealthy enough to have a custom-carved deluxe model.

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Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A97341
type:
cradle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • bed - furniture
credit:
Robinson, Fisher and Harding

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