Antique Miniature Carved Meerschaum (reliquery/votive) Mary - Lourdes-fatima
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Antique Miniature Carved Meerschaum (reliquery/votive) Mary - Lourdes-fatima:
Antique French Carved Meerschaum Votive or Reliquary picturing Virgin Mary appearing to two children. I'm not sure if this is Fatima or Lourdes where she appeared to St. Berenedette.
This is a great old piece, possibly a reliquery or a souviner from the popular pilgrimage site.It dates from the late 1800, early 1900. The frame is made of black wood, Napoleon III style. The inner piece is hand carved from Meerschaum which is a white clay like mineral named sepiolite. The carving is extremely detailed due to the use of the meerschaum which is capable of holding fine detail.
It is protected with a glass dome cover.
Please LOOK AT THE PICTURES. They'll tell you all you need to know.
Antique French Carved Meerschaum Medallion Reliquary Pendant - Our Lady Montaigu