Truly a very special one of a kind religious piece, this large plaster statue features the lovely iconic image of Saint Dominic receiving the Rosary from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saint Dominic is credited with the spread of the Rosary's popularity in catholic practice. The story goes that in the year 1208 at the church in Prouille, the Blessed Virgin revealed herself to Dominic during his prayers and instructed him on the devotion of the Rosary.
This plaster was recently discovered in Bruges, Belgium and is the considered the original "master" for molds where pieces were made for church altars and estates across Europe in the 1800s. The factory was forced to close during the Nazi occupation during WWII and this is part of a collection of these plaster masters that were later discovered in the attic of the building. (This is where the term "masterpiece" originated).
Please note the piece is not in pristine condition due to its age and there are some cracks, as shown. We feel this adds to the character and integrity of the piece. Crafted of plaster, wood and burlap and some pieces include the metal rod for the mold. Crating and very special attention to shipping is given with freight shipment of the piece.
This piece measures 54"W x 38"H x 5.5"D.