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These pieces are called "Vierge Ouvrante," which roughly translates to "The Opening Virgin."  They are also known as "Madonna Shrines."  They were popular in the 15th and 16th centuries.The idea behind these is wonderful.  "God" - the Eternal - is within each of us, but is only known through Her as She carries the Fount of Life.  The mystical symbolism and meaning of these pieces of art are amazing.

These pieces are called "Vierge Ouvrante," which roughly translates to "The Opening Virgin." They are also known as "Madonna Shrines." They were popular in the 15th and 16th centuries.The idea behind these is wonderful. "God" - the Eternal - is within each of us, but is only known through Her as She carries the Fount of Life. The mystical symbolism and meaning of these pieces of art are amazing.

A rare and authentic example of eighteenth century monastery work, this beautiful reliquary honors St. Jacobus. This reliquary comes from a small

RARE Antique Eighteenth Century Silk Framed Monastery Work Reliquary/Ex Voto Saint Jacobus

A rare and authentic example of eighteenth century monastery work, this beautiful reliquary honors St. Jacobus. This reliquary comes from a small

RELIQUARY PAPEROLLE XVIII

RELIQUARY PAPEROLLE XVIII

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