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Vintage French Sterling Silver Religious Medal Signed Tschudin - Virgin Mary Our Lady de la Pierre-qui-Vire Antique Jewelry from France

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A beautiful and rare silver sterling medal from France depicting Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus. She is Notre Dame de la Pierre-qui-Vire, "Our Lady of the stone that spins".
On the reverse, a benedictin cross surrounded by the sentence "Funca nos in Pace"

The story :

La "Pierre Qui Vire" Benedictine Abbey (Morvan, Burgundy, France) was founded in 1850 by the Father Jean-Baptist Muard (1809-1854). Willing to create a religious community, he discovered the Rule of Saint Benedict during a trip in Italy. In 1850 he decided to establish his community in the Morvan forests, in the South of the department of Yonne. The community of monks expanded until they were forced to exile first in 1880 and then in 1904. The community came back to his monastery in 1921 and has not left it since.

Today, In the very heart of the Morvan forests, the abbey of Ste Marie de la Pierre Qui Vire is, at the same time, a spiritual place and a particularly popular tourist site. In the abbey, monks still produce biological goat and cow cheeses.

The name "pierre-qui-vire" means "stone that spins".
There is a beautiful statue of the virgin on top of the vibrating stones mentioned in the Abbey name


Hallmark at the top. Fine details.
Signed by great medal engraver artist Raymond Tshudin (born in 1916) who worked for the celebrated medallist, Emile Dropsy.

Approx 2 cm diam = approx 3/4 inches diam without top loop or bail

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Vintage French Sterling Silver Religious Medal Signed Tschudin - Virgin Mary Our Lady de la Pierre-qui-Vire Antique Jewelry from France

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  • Materials: sterling silver, metal, medal, religious
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