2013 Digital Spring Catalog
©Terra Sancta Scrolls are waxed paper parchment scrolls inspired by the Dead Sea Scrolls—hand-crafted in a small village near Jerusalem. This unique ancient styled artwork from the Holy Land has a leather and wood hanger and features the painting of the Matka Boża Dobrej Śmierci, located in the church Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny i św. Józefa Oblubieńca in Warsaw, with the end of the Hail Mary prayer in Polish below:
Scroll measures approx. 8.25" W x 18.0" H
The origin of the painting is unknown however it appears to be of the West-European Middle Ages and the Byzantine type. Records state that it was created in the 16th century and from the Russian Church in Moscow. King Jan Kazimierz receive the painting as a gift. The picture was donated to the Warsaw church in 1664. In the tempera on wood painting, the baby Jesus holds the book of the Gospel while His right hand is raised in the gesture of blessing. Featured on Mother Mary's cloak are gold leaves and pomegranate fruits, a symbol of love and death. During the Warsaw Uprising the image was secured in the monastery basement, however the church was burned down. A reproduction of the true copy was created in 1990 by Marian Paciorka and rightfully replaced within the reconstructed church.