Patron of Infants, Students and Ireland
Saint for House-Blessing
Handmade in the U.S.A.
As a young woman, Brigid (ca. 450–525) was a slave. However, because she gave away her master’s goods so readily to the poor, he gave her freedom, lest she bankrupt him. She was baptized by St. Patrick and began to perform miracles. Some of these cured were infants: for this reason christening robes and babies’ blankets bearing an image of Brigid or St. Brigid’s cross are common gifts in Ireland. Brigid’s wisdom (thus she is the patron of students and scholars) was also widely admired. This small statue of Brigid incorporates two symbols often associated with her. First, between her arms she holds St. Brigid’s cross: a legend holds that, as a teaching device, Brigid wove a cross of reeds or rushes, to use in explaining Christianity to Irish pagans. The cross, over the years, became a symbol of hope and is often used to bless houses in Ireland. Second, at the base of the statue burns St. Brigid’s flame. The story here is that in the pre-Christian era a sacred flame was tended year-round by Druids on a hill near Kildare, where they invoked a Celtic goddess named Brigid. When St. Brigid built her church and monastery at Kildare, she kept the tradition and the flame alive, saying that the flame represented the new hope offered by Christianity. Brigidine Sisters kept the flame burning until at least the 12th century, but it was extinguished during the suppression of the monasteries in the 16th century. In 1993, the flame was relit in Market Square in Kildare, and since then the flame has been lovingly tended by nuns.
This one of a kind figure is completely hand made by Hank Schlau and hand painted by his wife Karen Schlau. Made of durable material that can be displayed both indoors and outdoors.
Dimension & Specifications
9 x 4 x 2 inches
Hand Painted Cast Stone
Comes with history card
Can stand or hang
|By:||Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, January 7, 2016)|
|Review:||nice, understated folk art. I'd prefer that the crude St. Brigid lettering wasn't carved into the bottom, and that the flame wasn't glazed red, but otherwise nice and understated.|
|By:||Ann the Water Lover (Longmont, CO, June 15, 2012)|
|Review:||I hung it up on a deck post. It's charming, rustic appearance would blend well with a lot of different decor styles. Best Uses: Hang or standing, indoor or outdoor; Pros: Lovely statue|
|By:||Brenna (Evansville, IN., July 1, 2011)|
|Review:||[...] products are so well done[...] Pros: Image is grand|
|By:||MK (Peoria, IL, February 18, 2011)|
|Review:||I purchased this item as a Confirmation gift. I was looking for something unique and this was perfect. The statue is exactly as shown in the picture and the handmade quality is very evident. Best Uses: Confirmation gift; Cons: none; Pros: High Quality, Just what I wanted, Unique|