Plastic Infant Jesus Of Prague in Satin/Lace Robe
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The Infant Jesus of Prague or Child of Prague is a 16th-century Roman Catholic wax-coated wooden statue of child Jesus, located in the Discalced Carmelite Church of Our Lady Victorious in Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic. The image is routinely clothed by the Carmelite nuns in luxurious fabrics with imperial regalia and a golden crown while his left hand holds a globus cruciger and the right hand raised in a benedicting posture. The exact origin of the Infant Jesus statue is not known, but one legend says that a monk in a desolated monastery somewhere between Cordoba and Sevilla had a vision of a little boy, telling him to pray. The monk had spent several hours praying and then he made a figure of the child. The statue first appeared in 1556, when María Maximiliana Manriquez de Lara y Mendoza brought the image to Bohemia upon her marriage to Czech nobleman Vratislav of Pernstyn. An old legend in the Lobkowicz family reports that María's mother, Doña Isabella, had been given the statue by Saint Teresa of Avila herself. In 1628, Princess Polyxena von Lobkowicz donated the statue to the Discalced Carmelite friars. The statue was placed in the oratory of the monastery of Our Lady of Victory, Prague, where special devotions to Jesus were offered before it twice a day. In 1630, the Carmelite novitiate was transferred to Munich. Disturbances in Bohemia due to the Thirty Years War brought an end to the special devotions, and on 15 November 1631, the army of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden took possession of Bohemia's capital city. The Carmelite friary was plundered and the image of the Infant of Prague was thrown into a pile of rubbish behind the altar. Here it lay forgotten for seven years, its hands broken off, until in 1637 it was found again by Father Cyrillus and placed in the church's oratory. Since then, the statue has remained in Prague and has drawn many devotees worldwide to honour the Holy Child. Claims of blessings, favours and miraculous healings have been made by many who petitioned before the Infant Jesus.
This vintage miniature plastic replica of the famous statue, featuring a voluminous satin and lace robe that would make Elton John jealous, is a charming little piece of decor that would make a great accent in nearly any home.
- Materials: Plastic, Satin, Lace
- Finish: White, Gold, Red
- Approximate Dimensions: 4.25"H x 6"W x 4"D
- Condition: This item is in vintage condition and is being sold as as-is. Please review photos for specifics.
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