Originating in the 15 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 and death.
This lovely modern pewter (silvery metal) medal is just about 1 inch long and 5/8 inch wide. On one sized is the likeness of Our Lady of Czestochowa holding the baby Jesus. The other side features the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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.