Presented here is a very exceptional item : A hand painted miniature of Our Lady of Africa in Vermeil pendant.
The miniature is hand painted on a noble material in a bright colors that remind the original statue.. The work is very finely executed with precision and neatness showing all details.
The frame is in Vermeil - gilded sterling silver - and of a very classical and simple design
The medal dates from the 1920 / 1930 period.
It is in pristine condition.
The Chain IS NOT included with the pendant.
This is an item of extreme rarity, special beauty and elegance - one of its kind with a perfect execution of the miniature . It will give its owner extreme pleasure and will attract the attention of all antique lovers and connoisseurs.
Diameter of the medal is 30 mm ( 1.2 in.) excluding the bail
Weight of the medal is 4.6 grams
Pictures are an intrinsic part of the description
+++++++++ OUR LADY OF AFRICA +++++++++
The Basilica of Our Lady of Africa, or Notre Dame d’Afrique, was eventually built, and is situated on a height overlooking the Bay of Algiers. It took fourteen years to construct in an attractive Neo-Byzantine style, and was consecrated in the year 1872.
The statue donated by the sodality became known as Our Lady of Africa, and the statue venerated in Algiers today is this same bronze image, very dark in color, but with European features. Pilgrims began to come to venerate the image where the lame, the blind, and the crippled were miraculously healed, and sailors came also to beg for protection of their long and perilous voyages
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