RESERVED Extremely Rare UNIQUE Original MONIER Bronze Cast Ave Maria

RESERVED Extremely Rare UNIQUE Original MONIER Bronze Cast Ave Maria

Code: R1/123


Extremely Rare UNIQUE Original MONIER Bronze Cast Ave Maria - heavy unfinished Medallion direct from sand mould - R1

Rarer than rare ...... exceptional unfinished 1930s cast of a bronze medal by MONIER (1873 - 1970). This item is of a golden bronze colour as per the photo with the can. This large plaque/medal is the original cast from the sand that held the impression of the prototype medal in wax with the sculptor's name below the word 'Alma'. The medal is unfinished; the excess material from the mold is still around the beautiful and soulful Art Deco likeness of the Madonna and the surface has been left untreated in original condition. The inscription around her image reads "Ave Maris Stella De Mater Alma" from a plainsong Vespers Hymn to Mary from the Middle Ages:

Ave, maris Stella,               Hail, star of the sea
Dei mater alma,                  Nurturing Mother of God, 
atque semper virgo           And ever Virgin. 
 felix cœli porta.                 Happy gate of Heaven

Sumens illud «Ave».          Receiving that "Ave" (hail) 
Gabrielis ore,                      From the mouth of Gabriel, 
funda nos in pace,             Establish us in peace, 
mutans Evæ nomen.         Transforming the name of "Eva" (Eve)

Solve vincla reis,                Loosen the chains of the guilty, 
profer lumen cæcis,          Send forth light to the blind, 
mala nostra pelle,              Our evil do thou dispel, 
bona cuncta posce.           Entreat (for us) all good things.

Monstra te esse matrem,   Show thyself to be a Mother: 
sumat per te precem.         Through thee may he receive prayer 
qui pro nobis natus.            Who, being born for us,
tulit esse tuus.                      Undertook to be thine own.

Virgo singularis,                   O unique Virgin, 
inter omnes mitis,                Meek above all others, 
nos culpis solutos.               Make us, set free from (our) sins,
mites fac et castos.             Meek and chaste.

Vitam præsta puram,         Bestow a pure life,
iter para tutum,                   Prepare a safe way:
ut videntes Jesum              That seeing Jesus,
semper collætemur.           We may ever rejoice.

Sit laus Deo Patri,                Praise be to God the Father,
summo Christo decus,       To the Most High Christ (be) glory,
Spiritui Sancto                     To the Holy Spirit
tribus honor unus. Amen    (Be) honour, to the Three equally. Amen.

With the largest diameter being 6" / 15 cm, the plaque weighs 340 grammes without any packaging. A truly unique piece.

Your purchase will be very carefully packaged with recycled materials where possible and despatched via the Irish An Post postal service. THE PRICE INCLUDES TRACKED SHIPPING.    A REASONABLE OFFER would be considered.