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Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Statuette, 16th-17th Cent

Copper alloy; 51mm/13.0gm

Con/ About As Cast; green and bronze patina; cleaned and waxed

Description/ Virgin Mary, veiled and cloaked, standing facing, arms crossed and holding single sword that pierces her Immaculate Heart. The reverse features a single connector pin.

Seller's Note/ Since at least 1223 AD, Catholics have recognized seven events in the life of Mary that caused her great sorrows. That is why the image of Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows often shows her with seven swords piercing her Immaculate Heart. She’s also sometimes represented by a winged heart pierced with seven swords. The swords represent her grievous sorrows known as the Seven Dolors of Mary. Jesus was presented at the Temple and the words of the prophet Simeon to Mary: "and a sword will pierce your heart ..." Luke 2:35

 

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