OUR LADY OF LIESSE STATUE - 5 1/2"
This is a replica of an ancient statue of Our Lady with the Child Jesus that was brought from Egypt to northern France at the time of the Crusades by three knights of The Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta who had been captured by Saracens and later released. It was enshrined at Liesse, near Laon, in the diocese of Soissons (France). The original statue was destroyed during the French Revolution, but the medieval basilica at Liesse remained a centre of devotion to the Mother of God and a new statue was installed and crowned there in 1857. Our Lady of Liesse is the patron of the diocese of Soissons and the focus of pilgrimages.
This statue is made of a plaster-resin mix and measures 5½”H.
These unique statues are made in Colombia. Each one is individually hand-painted by talented women who are either widows, single mothers, or those who are sole providers for their families. Slight color and design variations may occur.