19th Century Patinated Bronze Statue of “Notre Dame de France” Holding Jesus
This elegant antique statue of the Virgin Mary and her Son, found in a chapel, was carved in Southern France, circa 1870. The large alluring bronze sculpture composition resting on a square base, features a crowned “Our Lady” carrying the infant Jesus Christ with His right arm raised. The tall religious figure has wonderful carving details in high relief throughout the dress, hair, hands and facial expressions. The religious Madonna statue is in excellent condition with the original patinated gilt finish. The sculpture features the following inscriptions on the base: Notre Dame de France, Salve Regina, Mater Misericordiae, Alma Redemptoris Mater, Ave Regina Coelorum, and Regina Coeli Laetare.
The Virgin Mary carving is depicted standing on a globe; this means not only she is our Mother in heaven but she is the Queen of the Earth and the entire universe. She crushes a snake under her foot. The serpent represents Satan who tries to hurt men and take them to Hell. The Lady is much more powerful than Satan and easily crushed. Also as referenced in the book of Genesis (3:15); “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed: he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel”.
“I have given you power to tread on serpents and the power of the enemy” we read in the Gospel of Luke 10. 19. Since Adam and Eve, the snake represents temptation and evil. The Virgin, crushing the serpent in triumph.
Measures: 5″W x 5″D x 16″H.
|Dimensions||5" W x 5" D x 16" H|