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I carve the original in clay and cast the statues by hand in our workshop in Natchez, Mississippi. Statues come boxed, can go outside, come with a history card, and can stand or hang. The card states the following:

The legend of St. Dymphna (ca. 7th c.) evolved in two parts, one a tragedy, one a tale of healing, and the essential message of Dymphna’s story is that one must pass through hardship, even in its most severe forms, in order to gain resilient peace. First the tragedy: Dymphna was an Irish princess; her mother, who was very beautiful, died, driving her father into near madness; the father, seeking someone who matched his wife’s beauty, settled upon Dymphna, and he made advances to her; she fled Ireland with an old priest named Gerebernus. They finally settled in Gheel, Belgium. But the father wouldn’t give up, and spies of his located his daughter and her protector. The father came to Gheel with soldiers, and, finding Dymphna and Gerebernus, he ordered the soldiers to behead the priest; Dymphna’s father begged her to return to Ireland to be his queen, but when she refused, he struck at her and killed her. The story continues that a group of mentally troubled souls and epileptics witnessed the scene and were miraculously cured. Building on that tradition, a sanitarium was constructed near the site of the killings, and it quickly became–and still is–one of the most progressive hospitals for the treatment of the mentally and emotionally troubled. Patients, as has been the case for centuries, remain in the institution only at first. After that, they live with townspeople and work in their businesses and farms. The result of this compassion has been a high rate of cure. Thus the transition from Dymphna’s tragedy to healing. Carrying on these traditions, in the United States, the national shrine to St. Dymphna is located in Massillon, Ohio, on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital devoted to mental and emotional healing. This statue of St. Dymphna was handcarved by Hank Schlau and then cast by him in a slurry of materials including gypsum and bronze powder. It was handpainted by Karen Schlau in a workshop in Natchez, Mississippi. In her left hand Dymphna holds a book, a symbol of wisdom, one of the cures of mental and emotional distress. In her right hand she holds a butterfly, the ancient symbol of Psyche and of the soul and mind, the attributes that St. Dymphna is reputed to help cure.

Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 2 inches

St. Dymphna Statue: Patron of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Workers