The Magdalen holds the jar of ointment with which she anointed Christ. The pot is mounted in gold and appears to be made of a semi-precious blue-grey stoone, intricately carved. Around her neck is a rosary, a rare representation of a rosary-necklace in art. The colourful doublet and expensive textiles allude to the Magdalen's sinful past. The artist was evidently active in Brussels.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN