ART DECO Silver Pin/Brooch - Saint Christiana (Saint Nina) of Georgia!
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AGE: C.1930 or so
ITEM: From France, here's a silver colored metal pin/brooch depicting Saint Christiana aka Saint Nina to the front. The wording surrounding the Saint is Sancta Christiana Ora Pro Nobis. The reverse of the pin bears the initials SC (in script) along with the wording Ste Nina Surnommee Ste. Chretienne Paton de L'Institut. Okay, well my french sort of gives me the indication that this pin would have been presented to a young girl (maybe at her communion or on her birthday) to commemorate the fact that her name was Christiana (Christine) or Nina. Simple c-catch at the back to hold the pin in place.
CONDITION: Very nice with no problems I can spot.
METAL CONTENT: Silver tone metal - silverplate - silver plate - base metal
HALLMARKS: Just what's written on the medal.
SIZE: 1-1/16" high/wide
WEIGHT: 7.2 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: Saint Nina's Feast Day is January 15. She was born 300BC and died 332BC. According to most widely traditional accounts, Chistriana belonged to a Greek-speaking Roman family from Kolastra, Cappadocia and was a relative of Saint George. She arrived in Georgia (ancient Iberia) from Constantinople. Other sources claim she was from Rome, Jerusalem or Gaul (modern France). Scholars believe she was a slave to whom the name Nino (the Georgian form of Nina) was given; she has also been identified as Christiana. The quiet piety of her life and her preaching converted many people, and when she cured Queen Nana of a seemingly incurable disease, Nina converted the queen. When King Mirian also became a Christian, he sent to Constantinople for bishops and priests. Nina continued to preach throughout Georgia until her death at Bodke. A church dedicated to the memory of St. George was built on the site of her grave.
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