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Maria Laach Terra Cotta Glazed Tile Icon St Peter

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Maria Laach Terra Cotta Glazed Tile Icon St Peter

Hand glazed, terra cotta, Tile Icon of St Peter, seated and holding a book which is one of his traditional symbols, with his traditional white hair and beard; Jesus stands alongside St Peter, with his left arm around the Saint's shoulder, and his right hand pointing to a page of the book. Metal loop for hanging. Impressed on verso with the Abbey mark of the Maria Laack Benedictine Abbey, plus "Laach" beneath, Germany. Measures 8.75" long, 5" wide, and .50" deep. Overall crazing, and in excellent, undamaged condition. 20th Century. $16 US Shipping.

HISTORY: Maria Laach is one of Germany's wealthiest Benedictine abbeys. Lying on the south-western shore of Lake Laach in the Eifel, its assets include a large amount of land, an organic farm with an organic shop, Lake Laach with its visitor attractions, a hotel, a large garden nursery, an art publishers "ars liturgica", a bookshop and various craft enterprises with training facilities, e.g. bronze foundry, wrought-iron workshop, pottery, joinery, electronics workshop and farming.

Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey in the Eifel is an exceptionally fine abbey dating from the high Middle Ages. For centuries it was a religious and cultural focal point of the Middle Rhine and Eifel regions of Germany. The medieval abbey was founded by Count Palatine Heinrich II and his wife Adelheid. It was constructed over an unusually long period (1093 to 1216) and is one of Germany's finest Romanesque edifices. Of particular interest is the well-preserved abbey chapel with six towers, considered to be a Romanesque architectural masterpiece. [courtesy German Tourism]

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