Miniature representing an Allegory

Miniature representing an allegory.
There is a mask, an inverted cup, a dagger, a rosary. The triumph of true faith?
the painting is very delicate, each character having the pictorial characteristics of a different era.
a cut on the wood can make you think of a fan study
a very beautiful object, almost a curiosity …
This painting brings together in itself the symbols of ancient and Christian cultures. Probably on the left it is the muse of the tragedy Melpomène, recognizable according to his attributes (headband in the hair, tragic mask). Her naked clothes, her expressive look, a very lively gaze contrasted with the austerity of the woman on the right holding a dagger (symbol of martyrdom) and a rosary. In the middle is Christ child in a chalice on the ground symbolizing the redemptive sacrifice.
19th c.
France

Height: 13,4 in.
Width: 9 in.
Depth: 1,1 in.

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