Height : 76 cm
Length : 29 cm
Depth : 10 cm
Standing on a moulded base the holy lady protects with her large cloak four religious persons parted in two groups. Her face presents a straight nose, thin lips and a delicate chin framed by elegant curvy strands of hair reaching her shoulders.
She wears a dress covered by a long scapular. Her shoulders and neck are covered with a collared cloak.
Kneeling at her foot two veiled religious ladies and two tonsured religious men, hands in prayer, are depicted in a pious position no doubt begging the holy lady for her protection and intervention.
From the coat-of-arms carved upon the saint’s scapular it appears she belongs to the Carmelites order. There is several hypothesis to explain this emblem. It might symbolically depicts the mount Carmel with the stars representing Our Lady of Mount Carmel and prophets Elijah and Elisha, two founders of the order.
This order was founded in 1209 in Palestine, on mount Carmel and reached Europe during the middle of the 13th century. The female branch of the order appears during the second half of the 15th century. Under the command of Teresa of Avila the order is reformed and the Discalced Carmelites are born. The new reform leads the order to more prayers and true poverty. The spiritual life of the Carmelites is punctuated by prayers.
The religious saint presented here could be Saint Teresa of Avila, beatified in 1614 and canonized in 1622.
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