Considering the age it is in very good condition, with slight signs of wear, numbered
Beautiful home altar with stoup to the early Christian legend: Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gate in Jerusalem and the angel who was sent from heaven and who had promised them a special child what resulted in Mary's Immaculate Conception in Anna’s womb.
Contrary to popular belief and to what is often published, these are not sculptures of Jesus & Mary! At Buisquit d'Andenne sculptures and most other art houses by the way, Jesus is portrayed with dark brown hair!
Given their date of the early 1900s, the sculptures made of Bisquit d’Andenne are in a very good condition. They have beautiful pastel colours and are numbered, also the stoup. Each sculpture is 29 cm high and has a diameter of about 8 cm. The stoup, also bisquit d'Andenne, is 15.5 cm tall with the holy water keg of 5.5 cm x 8 cm width.
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Early Christian legends already mention it. Mary's parents were supposedly called Joachim and Anna. They were righteous, faithful Jews. But they could not have children. At the time, this was seen as punishment by God. Hence, the priest refused the sacrifice of Joachim. Embarrassed, he retired among the shepherds of Bethlehem. Meanwhile, Anna in Jerusalem was very worried. An angel was sent from heaven to both of them. The angel promised that they would receive a special child. They met each other at the Golden Gate in Jerusalem. That encounter is seen in the Christian tradition as the moment when Anna became pregnant of Mary. That is also the time of Mary's immaculate conception according to the “Gospel of Mary's birth', from around the year 480.
The feast of Mary's immaculate conception; 17 BC. 8 December
Because Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus, she was born without original sin, in fact, from the moment she was received in the womb of her mother, she remained free of sin. So, she is immaculately conceived in the womb. According to Christianity. A church was built in Jerusalem in honour of Mary’s birth as soon as the 5th century. This church was inaugurated on 8 September. That date was celebrated as Mary’s Birth ever since. Because Mary's conception in the womb would have been nine months before her birth, the holiday of St Mary Immaculate conception became 8 December. Maria died in the year 48 at the age of 64. At the moment of Jesus’ birth she would have been sixteen years old. That is not unlikely. Her immaculate conception would have been in the year 17 BC.
Often the title "immaculate conception" is misunderstood and applied to the fact that Mary got pregnant of Jesus without the intervention of a man. That, however, is known as 'virgin birth', and not with immaculate conception.
This belief is very old among Christians, yet it was only proclaimed as dogma of the Catholic church by Pope Pius IX (died 7 February 1878) on 8 December 1854. The offered antique sculptures, created in 1900 in bisquit d’Andenne are very well preserved despite being more than 100 years old.
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