Mary Magdalene di Lombardy
7.75 inches high, blue wash resin.
Beautiful and a bit sexy as only the sensuous Italians can portray. This
delicately pleasing portrayal of Mary Magdalene shows her holding the jar of
annoiting oil or salve with healing properties and powers. A classic Goddess
pose with Mary raising her skirt to show her at work and in motion with her
[image from an altar piece, Lombard region of northern
Reclaim The Magdalene!
The Bible says Jesus loved Mary Magdalene more than all other apostles and
called her the Woman Who Knew the All. The Gnostic Gospel, Pistis Sophia teaches
the wisdom of Jesus through a Tantric dialogue with her.
Magdalene means she of the temple-tower - a watchtower among her flock.
Her symbol in art is often the alabaster jar of precious ointment with which she
Christened Jesus and went to his tomb to anoint him.
Since the Inquisition, the Church has dictated that she be portrayed cloaked in
scarlet to indicate scorn for her alleged wantonness. Here, in a break with
tradition, she is in blue to represent peace and holiness. The topmost image is
taken from an altar piece from the Lombard region of northern Italy - near to Da
Vinci's Last Supper painting and the coronation site of both Napoleon and
For 2000 years, Magdalene has grieved the death of the gentle, nurturant sacred
masculine, as embodied in Christ. Others hold her as a Priestess of Isis.
Gnostic tradition holds her as the "Woman of Sorrows" who bathed
Christ's feet with tears, then dried them with her long flowing hair. She
anointed his head with a precious salve from her alabaster jar, and companioned
him at the foot of the cross and at his tomb.
Mary Magdalene was foremost among his female disciples, and may well have also
been his beloved spouse. Very ancient legend attests to her fleeing with Joseph
of Arimathea via Alexandria to southern France, where she gave birth to a
daughter, Saint Sarah.