Sunday, March 29, 2009
What altar cards from the Holy Land used to look like...
Anybody who has been to the Holy Land has seen the countless souvenir objects for sale in and around Jerusalem made from this material.
This photo was taken in a Franciscan convent of the Francescani dell'Immacolata in Imperia, Italy. It is an 1895 Franciscan altar card made in the Holy Land. Would be nice to see Christian artisans in that part of the world again make these very unique and special treasures.
Posted by John Paul Sonnen at 5:08 AM
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I don't see how they could even read the cards. Especially in the days before electricity! don Jeffry
"this material" would be mother of pearl.
The Mother-of-Pearl is from Bethlehem and the artisans there could easily reproduce this if there was a demand.
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