Chalkware Statue Holy Infant of Prague Removable Crown Purple Velvet and Lace Cape, Made in Italy

$124.00

This vintage chalkware statue of Infant of Prague is circa 1950s, and is quite wonderful with just a few chips here and there. It has the original cream colored lace robe and removable purple velvet and lace cape, as well as the removeable and fairly heavy gold tone crown. Interestingly, these crowns tend to get lost. I have a chalkware statue that lost its crown. One can find the crown alone being offered for $100+! The piece still carries the paper tag on the bottom, Columbia Statuary Made in Italy. There are several depictions of the Infant of Prague--there is the Santo Nino or Holy Infant, and the Santo Nino de Cebu is the Patron of the Philippines. Santo Nino de Atocha is the patron of travelers, and those unjustly imprisoned or those in peril. Paraphrasing from a website about the Holy Child Jesus: The early Church Fathers, like St. Athanasius and St. Jerome, had a special devotion to the Holy Child Jesus. Some of the later great saints, including St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (the Little Flower), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Teresa of Avila, helped popularize this devotion to the Holy Child. St. Teresa of Avila traveled with her statue of the Holy Child when she visited other convents. The devotion to the Infant of Prague originated in the mid-1500s. In 1556, Maria Manriquez de Lara of Spain married a Czech nobleman named Vratislav Perstyn. She brought with her the statue of the Holy Child (which would become the Infant of Prague sculpture), standing about 18 inches in height. In 1587, Maria then presented the statue as a wedding gift to her daughter, Princess Polyxena Lobkowitz. In 1628, Princess Polyxena gave the statue to the Discalced Carmelites at the Church of the Virgin Mary the Victorious in Prague. That church was ravaged in warm, and the fingers and hands of the statue broken off. A priest found the statue in the rubble, cleaned it and place it for veneration. One day while praying in front of the statue, he heard it say, "Have pity on me, and I will have pity on you. Give Me hands, and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you." The hands were repaired and after that miracles began to happen for pilgrims to the church. For this reason, he is considered a patron of miracles.

Stands 7-3/4" tall and closer to 9-1/2" with the crown. Base is 2" square. Weighs just over ten ounces including crown. That crown has left some flaking away of paint, which I have colored in with marker, but be aware that over time it will continue to cause some paint loss. The largest chip is on the hand holding the globus.

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