Posted 4 years ago
I purchased this French Black Madonna and Christ Child reliquary from the Netherlands. It is circa 1800s and comprised of meerschaum.
The history of Black Madonnas is intensely interesting and quite fascinating. The early Black Madonnas were said to have black skin from centuries of smoke and incense soot. Still, some Black Madonnas were made with black skin, and one can only wonder at the archetypal significance of this, which would go beyond the mere physical portrayals of the Madonna and Christ Child with black skin.
I believe my Black Madonna and Christ Child were purposely portrayed as having black skin and not a result of hundreds of years of soot.
Thank you for looking!