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Item no. C300.103
Saint-Étienne, France c. 1918
Dimensions: 1.9 inches high, .8 inches in diameter at the base.
We love that our trésors have years of wear, years of prayer. If only these "ballers de prièr" - prayer bullets - could talk. French soldiers in World War I created these artifacts by hand, by literally using ammunition casings to create sacred pieces of art, plentiful during WWI. Also called "trench art," soldiers would use them for prayer and devotion in the trenches. This particular piece commemorates Our Lady of Val Fleury. The ancient pilgrimage site at the head of a quiet valley south of Lyons traces its legendary beginnings to about the year 800 AD, when shepherds discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus near a broom shrub (geneêt) blooming on Christmas Eve. Benedictine monks gave the name Val Fleury ("flowery valley") to the site. They left the statue where it was and built a shrine over a miraculous spring that still runs. It is a relic shrine reliquary with glass for holding holy water or oil, and has an image of the Holy Virgin Mary of Val Fleury impressed on the hinged top. Original glass container, still intact, is inside.
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Complimentary Gift Boxing is included on all Trésor Bleu Orders. A reusable box, tied off with a white grosgrain ribbon. An information sheet of known origin, date and authenticity is included with every order. Trésors Bleu are meant to be gifted, even to yourself. A complimentary gift box is included with every order. Shipping within the U.S. is free with all orders. Trésor Bleu ships worldwide.
Our Lady of Val Fleury Oil Container - c. 1918