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This painted wood figure of the Virgin Annunciate was in San Domenico in Pisa and is now housed in the Museo di San Matteo in Pisa. The figure had jointed arms, now only ruined stubs (and likely also jointed elbows). These would have facilitated dressing in actual fabric clothing. Therefore, the dress is sculpted, to give the proper form to fabric placed on top, but painted simply black, as it would be covered. This statue was likely originally paired with one of the angel Gabriel, to create an Annunciation. Annunciation pairs were popular in this period, many of which were made so that clothing could be added to the Virgin Mary, presumably richly embroidered clothing, as a form of devotion. The statues must have therefore seemed like actors in a sacred play. It is not clear whether the joints were also used to put the figure in different positions, to enact different moments of the story. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.