Hand Carved Wooden Shrine & Painted Porcelain Plaque Marterl

Hand Carved Wooden Shrine & Painted Porcelain Plaque Marterl

This is a very rare hand carved wooden shrine hand carved. It is coming from the Black Forest area and made around 1880/1900.

This shrine is a Bildstock or Materl – the german terms for a free-standing icon. Materl are often located near roads, pathways or pilgrim routes. Such icons are common in Switzerland, Austria and Southern Germany. The German designation Marterl hearkens back to the Greek martyros, martyr.

The shrine is made of a wooden pillar and capped with a roof. The pillar shows typical Black Forest carvings, wine leaves. The porcelain miniature depicts the Chair Virgin, a good transfer print with vibrant colors.

The bottom of the shrine is a small carved seat – a miniature depiction of many Marterl in our region. Hiker can make a rest and pray.

The condition is very good, no chips or cracks of the carved word. The miniature is intact.

Measurements: 4.2 x 3.6 inches, 8.4 inches in height.

Item ID: BF_SHRINE_7301

$285 USD

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