Pietra Dura Cross Depicting a Madonna Lily and Lily of the Valley, circa 1890Regular price $ 950.00
Gorgeous pietra dura cross made of black slate inlaid with hard stones and gild to depict a madonna lily and lily of the valley growing from the cross itself.
The Madonna Lily takes it name from the Virgin Mary and represents both her purity and chastity. In medieval art, the Virgin Mary was often depicted with a Madonna Lily, a trend that has continued to the present day.
The delicate Lily of the Valley is associated with femininity, humility, chastity, and purity and is commonly called Mary's Tears or Our Lady's Tears. Linked to motherhood, Lily of the Valley can at times depict the maternal-child bond. The birth flower for the month of May, Lily of the Valley is often linked in Christian tradition with the second coming of Jesus Christ as well as the tears the Virgin Mary shed during the crucifixion. In the Victorian language of flowers, the Lily of the Valley meant "a return to happiness".
Condition: Good. Slight nick on the right-arm corner of cross on the reverse.
Dimensions: 2.5 inches long x 1.5 inches wide
Origin: Italian 1890