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Help interpreting and describing religious art from deceased father's estate
11-14-2017, 03:00 AM
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Help interpreting and describing religious art from deceased father's estate
Hello kind reader!
My father recently passed away and I now have in my possession some items from his bedroom. In a bid to understand my father better (he was a minister) I would humbly ask if someone on this forum could assist me in interpreting the symbology of both the Mary statue and the egg shown in the photos below. It would mean the world to me. Thank you so much in advance.

-SJ
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https://imgur.com/kUbuoLx
https://imgur.com/YLzz8H6
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11-14-2017, 11:38 AM (This post was last modified: 11-14-2017 11:52 AM by Imprecise Interrupt.)
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RE: Help interpreting and describing religious art from deceased father's estate
(11-14-2017 03:00 AM)Sjcampbell Wrote:  Hello kind reader!
My father recently passed away and I now have in my possession some items from his bedroom. In a bid to understand my father better (he was a minister) I would humbly ask if someone on this forum could assist me in interpreting the symbology of both the Mary statue and the egg shown in the photos below. It would mean the world to me. Thank you so much in advance.

-SJ
https://imgur.com/AAOVCWB
https://imgur.com/kUbuoLx
https://imgur.com/YLzz8H6

https://imgur.com/AAOVCWB

Crosses or other symbols on large usually wooden eggs are common in Greek Orthodox traditions. Here are examples of that and other Greek Orthodox art. The egg symbolizes the renewal of life in the Spring and therefore the resurrection of Christ. The symbol on it looks like a Greek Orthodox cross but with the main cross beam missing. Perhaps the cross was never finished.

Here is the Greek Orthodox cross.

[Image: stock-vector-isolated-symbol-of-orthodox...581059.jpg]



https://imgur.com/kUbuoLx

Another egg, this one depicting Madonna and Child, a common theme in Greek Orthodox Byzantine style art. Other examples


https://imgur.com/YLzz8H6

This one is Roman Catholic style. It represents the Woman of the Apocalypse, generally interpreted as Mary.

Revelation 12:1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

The golden-yellow rose on her cloak can have several meanings. In this context it is probably intended to symbolize “Mary is the Bride of the Holy Spirit, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, the Mother of the Church.” (Ref)

The rosary is of course strongly associated with Mary. The medal is of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, well known for her devotion to Mary.

The remaining question is why a minister has icons like this. Smile

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