This superb bénitier is copper and has metal worked panels showing the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Marie-Bernarde Soubirous.
The original shaped glass basin that held the holy water has a gilded rim.
Beautiful old piece dating from the 1890's
The two panels each have writing below them.
The first says ". JE SUIS L'IMMACULEE CONCEPTION "
And below the second panel it says ".LA BASILIQUE DE NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES"
Condition is very good for the age with a nice patina, there is however there are two small chip to the glass basin.
Measures: 8 3/8 inches x 2 7/8 inches
In southern France, Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant girl, first claims to have seen the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ and a central figure in the Roman Catholic religion. The apparitions, which totalled 18 before the end of the year, occurred in a grotto of a rock promontory near Lourdes, France. Marie explained that the Virgin Mary revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception, asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision, and told the girl to drink from a fountain in the grotto, which Marie subsequently discovered by digging into the earth.
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