"17th / France / Picardie / Jesse / Cross Of Our Lady De Liesse Bronze Cast, Golden, Chiseled, Engraved"
RELIGIOUS ART-HIGH PERIOD-BAROQUE ERA END XVII CENTURY-EIGHTEENTH. Cross of Our Lady of LIESSE, cast bronze, chiseled, engraved, gilded and patinated, dedicated to and depicting Our Lady of Liesse, another name of the Black Virgin, of which a statue is present in the basilica of the same name Notre Dame de Liesse, in the city of Liesse, located in Picardy. This type of cross, six in number, was made famous late 17th / early 18th in Liesse, Picardy and throughout Normandy (see "History of popular costumes in Normandy, Volume 1, Marguerite Bruneau) by jeweler Monsieur Bailly, who created several models, which were subsequently exported around the world. Description: Reverse: "INRI" with Jesus crucified and below, a skull and bones, symbol of Golgotha. Obverse: The descending dove with spread wings, symbolizing the Holy Spirit and evoking the chivalrous order of the Holy Spirit, created by Henry III, December 31, 1578. It overhangs a representation of the Black Virgin, holding the baby Jesus, at above the IHS monogram, imperfect transliteration of the name "Jesus Savior of Men" in Greek. Good used condition - beautiful patina. Weight: 21.86 grams.