Statue of Maria Immaculata on a sphere with snake, standing on top of a gothic column with a fountain. On the four faces of the column are niches with statues of:
On the corners are statues of angels.
- St. Liborius (c. 348 - Le Mans 397), second Bishop of Le Mans; patron saint of the cathedral and archdiocese of Paderborn
- Karl der Große - Charlemagne (unknown place 742 - Aachen 814), King of the Franks (since 768) and Emperor (since 800)
- St. Meinolf (c. 795 - Böddeken 857), Priest, archdeacon and founder of the monastery Böddeken; leader of Paderborn delegation that brought the relics of St. Liborius from Le Mans in 836
- Heinrich II / Henry II (972-1024), Holy Roman Emperor, canonized in July 1147 by Pope Bl. Eugenius III
Depictions of Saint Mary
Saint Mary, as the mother of Jesus Christ, has a central role in the life of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic veneration of her as the Blessed Virgin Mary has grown over time both in importance and manifestation, not only in prayer but in art, poetry and music.
She is usually depicted as a beautiful young woman, with a (blue) mantle. In the majority of the depictions she is having the Infant Jesus in her arms or on her lap.
Attributes of Saint Mary:
The Infant Jesus sometimes has some attributes too:
- A crown of 12 stars (Relevation 12:1), sometimes 7 stars.
- A royal crown, sometimes also a scepter: Mary Queen of Heaven.
- Standing on a globe.
- Standing on the crescent moon (Relevation 12:1).
- Crushing the serpent (sometimes a dragon) under her feet. The serpent can have an apple in his mouth (Genesis 3:15). A special depiction is where Jesus impales the serpent with a spear-cross.
- Flowers: Lily (symbol of virginity and purity), roses (Mary's mystical participation in the Holy Trinity as Heaven's Rose or Mystical Rose), iris or "Sword Lily" (emblem of Our Lady's Seven Sorrows), fleur-de-lis (resembling both the Iris and the Madonna Lily)
- a crown and/or a royal orb (usually in combination with Mary as Queen of Heaven)
- making a blessing gesture
- Unknown artist. Do you know who the sculptor is? please let us know.
Location (N 51°43'2" - E 8°45'6")
Item Code: denw419; Photograph: 12 September 2015
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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