Originating in the 15th century, the Black Madonna
is most often associated with the portrait found in Czestochowa,
Poland. Some say that the extraordinary power of the Black Madonna
is a strength that is not expressed in portraits of the lighter-skinned
Mary, who is most often associated with purity and obedience.
While the Madonna is still the Mother of Jesus, the diverse
representations are not only images of her likeness, but symbolic
of her spirit as well. Others suggest that there is a closer connection
between the Czestochowa and the archetypal Earth Mother of many
cultures, who intercedes for fertility and transcends both life
This lovely modern pewter
(silvery metal) medal is just about 9/16 inch long including the loop and 3/8 inch wide.
On one sized is the likeness of Our Lady of Czestochowa holding the
baby Jesus. The other side features the entreaty PRAY FOR US.
This medal is also lovely as an addition to your shrine or artwork, especially with an Eastern European theme!
Two medals are shown to illustrate each side.