Today is the feast of St Anne and St Joachim, the parents of the Bleesed Virgin Mary.
Devotion to them, and especially to St Anne, developed in the later middle ages, as in this wooden figure of c.1500 from Mainz. It was originally polychromed, and traces of that remain.
The Holy Kindred
St Anne with the Virgin Mary and Our Lord
Photo: Genevra Kornbluth www.kornbluthphoto.com/Saints1.html