plaque (ritual & belief: representations)

One of three carved mother-of-pearl shells. Carved mother-of-pearl shell, depicting the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. She is depicted with a halo, above a layer of clouds, from which three winged heavenly beings emerge, the one on the left with the appearance of a cherub, that in the middle with a female body. A border which surrounds all but the top of the image contains inscribed depictions of two vegetal stems which stretch to left and right from a table or altar-shaped element at the middle of the lower edge of the shell. A small projection above the middle top. Inscribed 'Assunzione di Maria Vergine'.

this type of object was acquired by pilgrims to the Holy Land in 18th and 19th centuries

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