Black Madonna Le Puy 9 1/4
Her mountain shrine was the origination point for the 12 century Crusades.
This image resembles an earlier one of Isis with Horus.
As Virgin and Mother, she incorporated two of the faces of the ancient triple goddess (Virgin, Matron, Crone) which were least threatening to the church, but her continuity with archaic virgin goddesses is indisputable.
As a later identity of Isis with Horus, she shows how papal and kingly thrones all hark back to the lap of Isis upon which sits enthroned the child-god. Each gave birth to savior gods who would die and be reborn in annual cycles (a parallel to the Demeter/Kore myth), and our modern festivals of Christmas and Easter re-celebrate this primeval human rite.
Depicted as black virgin, this Madonna incorporates aspects of Kali. Medieval cathedrals (called in France "notre dame" -- literally, "our lady") are venerations of the ancient Great Goddess's majesty.
[France, 4th cent.]
9 1/4" gypsumstone statue, handpainted. #BML
see also: Black Madonna items
see also: Gnostic and Christian items
black madonna, madonna child, black virgin, goddess icon, goddess shrine, goddess cathedral, crusades, black madonna statue, black madonna icon, black madonna figure, black madonna shrine, black madonna image
||highest quality as expected
|as with all the statues ive ordered from SSource all these years, its as described and, often, better. whether made of natural materials like Ganges clay or resins, etc, these products do their job of evoking the sacred...
im slowly trying to acquire all the black virgins/madonnas and this one is my favorite due to the history/myth dolmens, Celts, stag/elk of Le Puy and the replication of one of the versions of the Vierge Noire.
i would LOVE to see a limited edition of the variation ive seen all red with green which i am not sure is the original repainted or not, but no matter the color, this statue exudes ineffable vibes that recall our pagan past...and future|
|ANDREW DI MICHELE|