Jesus Christ and Holy Mary: Antique Busts of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary - Beautiful Antique Chalk Ware or Plaster Busts - RS124
A very special pair of small antique busts: The Saviour, Jesus Christ and his Mother, the Virgin Mary, each measuring around 6.75" high ((17 cm) - a great size for any room in the home or workplace. We were lucky enough to find these lovely items while scouring the Brocantes and antique shops of southern France.
The busts are cast in plaster but unfortunately do not seem to have any signatures on them. They both show many years of handling but are both completely intact. The bust of Christ is marked 'Ecce Homo':- these are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate in the Vulgate translation of the Gospel of John, when he presented a scourged Jesus, bound and crowned with thorns to the people. Ecce Homo: "Behold the Man". The bust of Mary is marked 'Mater Dolorosa' meaning Sorrowful Mother, or "Our Lady Of Sorrows".
For their age, both busts are in remarkably good condition. The material used is unpainted chalk plaster with beautiful matt finish. The downside it that the matt surface isn't easy to keep clean, and these busts have clearly been kept in a cabinet for display, or a cupboard. They have evidence of many years of handling with some small marks, visible on the photographs - but there are no chips or losses. There is one area on the left of Mary's head covering that may at some point have had a little restoration but then again, it could be a slight flaw in the cast. They are in lovely condition for display; very well designed. The eyes of Christ in particular are quite piercing.
The overall height of each is only 6.75" or 17cm, the width is 4" or 10cm and their depth is a little under 3" or 7.5cm. Each bust weighs approximately 430 grammes without any packaging. This would make a very special gift.
Your purchase will be very carefully packaged with recycled materials where possible and despatched via the Irish An Post postal service.
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