Crib of the Infant Jesus, 15th century, made in Brabant, south Netherlands, wood, polychromy, lead, silver-gilt, painted parchment, silk embroidery, seed pears, gold thread and translucent enamels, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Time for some festive themed objects! (….kind of)
Miniature cradles such as this were made for doll-like images of the Christ Child were popular devotional objects in the 15th and 16th century, and were venerated in both in private homes and in convents. While this representation of the Crib contradicts everything I learnt about the birth of Jesus at school, it is an extremely beautifully crafted object.