6.75 inches high
Hand finished warm brown color faux bronze
With her beautifully full lips
and holding the holy child in her lap, this Black Madonna has the features her
darker race in known for. Resplendent in royal robes and crown, and enthroned,
she is an image to behold.
This Lady is a perfect example of
the 'Seat of Wisdom' or 'Majesty' type of Madonna, characterized by the mother
seated on an ancient throne without a back or with a low back, holding the child
who holds the Holy Book.
You won't find demurely down cast
eyes in this image, but a powerful stare. In the language of medieval symbolism
this means that Mary is the throne of Jesus, the Seat of Wisdom. From her lap
spring wisdom and power.
She is represented as the Christian embodiment of Lady Wisdom, a personage
described in the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) as the first companion or the
feminine face of God.
Black Madonnas were not Christian images at all, but were venerated thousands of
years prior to contact with the Christian faith.
The Black Madonna images in European pilgrimage shrines are a matter of some
controversy. Throughout Europe there are over 500 examples of these black images
and, while anathema to the orthodox church, they are widely venerated as having
esoteric, magical and wonder-working powers.
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