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Lithograph of Byzantine Pre-750AD Religious Artifact - Presented Pope @ Coronation - Gifted Original Stolen in New Zealand

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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Known as the most important Artifact ever to have arrived on New Zealand shores...the "Pompallier Madonna" was brought out here in the mid 1800's by a French Missionary.

    Rumours persist that their was secret Vatican involvement after the original Byzantine Parchment was stolen from a local High School in Wellington NZ in the 1960's. There are also rumours that the next day it turned up in a secondhand shop window but as the original has never been found it is a true Unsolved Mystery!!

    Given to the Pope Pius IX in 1846 as a Coronation Gift by The Sisters of the Campus Martius. He later gave it to Bishop Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier in Rome in 1847 - to bring the ancient small painting to New Zealand to establish the Catholic Church in New Zealand. Pope Pius IX (1792-1878) he proclaimed the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin in 1854 his pontificate was the longest in history. Henceforth the Virgin Icon representing his vision of the Catholicism. Interesting it wasn't Christ at the centre of the faith.

    In 750AD, The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception took it from Byzantine to Rome during a time of iconoclastic persecution in the East.

    Mine is a Lithograph Reproduction of the Original and the same size. It has golden gilt? on it. The original was in an oval frame as shown in the reproduction.

    I hope one day to stumble upon the original if it is still in NZ.

    I am unsure as to HOW MANY LITHOGRAPHS EXIST??? Would anybody know???

    An interesting article on this Icon in NZ Newspaper - (i stole bits :-)

    A REAL LIFE DA VINCI CODE - who can crack this?

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    1. flowerrose, 9 years ago
      Thank you inky & hunter :-)
    2. packrat-place packrat-place, 9 years ago
      Known as the most important Artifact ever to have arrived on New Zealand shores" "was stolen from a local High School" What was it doing at a High School?
      Did I read that right?
      I am not giving you a hard time, just trying to understand.
    3. flowerrose, 9 years ago
      LOL! Yes that is funny isn't it - totally New Zealand - we put one of the most valuable artifacts in the world in a local High School!!!! No guards, no bullet proof glass - just sitting there waiting for someone to unhook it. We're pretty naive over here!

      Totally funny and totally true - the name of the school is Saint Patricks Boys College and it is Catholic.

      Your comment made me laugh and laugh because it's so funny and tragic all in one. God knows what we would have done with the Mona Lisa we probably would have put it in a garage sale!!

    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      I have just read this! Very Dan Brown down under! I'm an ex-student of a Christian Brothers school, St Patricks College Strathfield! I have just read a little about the stolen madonna and things are starting to ferment......
    5. flowerrose, 9 years ago
      Hi vetraio50 - yes totally Dan Brown downunder!!

      I am not sure how many lithographs are in existence. To me it's a very exciting one because I wonder if it's sitting in the Vatican Vault or in someones house on the wall.

      I WOULD LOVE TO FIND IT - the original. I'd probably drop dead from excitment if I ever did!

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