This is a half-length print of the Virgin Mary, on a cloud, with a halo of (oxidized) silver. This is likely a relief/woodcut. Woodcuts are probably the oldest method of printing – the application of ink to the saved image areas which are raised – the non-image areas being removed by carving out by knife, chisel, or special tool. The inked impression created by pressure to transfer the ink to the paper. This printing method has been traced back to the Chinese in AD.750

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