Item/Description: Vintage ca 1950s-1970s “Nuns/Sisters of Vadstena” (Swedish Bridgettine Order, St. Birgitta) souvenir wooden putz figurines.
What a charming addition these sweet “Sisters” would make to any type of display, be it for a religious alter, a diorama, or one’s Christmas holidays village.
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Excerpted Online Research Information About Vadstena Abbey & Bridgettine Order of Nuns (attributed to Wikipedia): Active from 1346 until 1595, “Vadstena abbey was founded...by Saint Bridget, with the assistance of King Magnus IV of Sweden and his Queen, Blanche of Namur,....
The Order also survives, commonly known as the Bridgettine Order, and has spread throughout the world...
A distinguishing feature of the nun's clothing is their white 'crown'. In the 'Revelations of Saint Birgitta', Chapter 7 of Book 1 includes: ‘There should also be a crown on your head, which means that you should be chaste in your desires. So much so, that you would rather endure a beating and pain than to be further stained.’
The Bridgettine sisters of Vadstena's website says of the nun's attire: ‘Habits are grey, while heads are coifed in black with a white linen crown and five ruby-red spots. These are to remind us of Christ's crown of thorns and his five wounds, which Birgitta witnessed as a child.’
From this coif crown they have developed their logo: the St. Birgitta Cros”.
Age/Period: Vintage - ca 1950s-1970s
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Underside of each figural nun contains the wording “Copy Right” inside a red stamped square box, and handwritten in red ink are the initials “BW.”
*Larger nun measures 3 1/8"H
*Smaller companion nun measures 2 7/8"H
Quantity: One (1)
Condition Summary: There are no chips, splits or cracks in any of the wood, with noted condition factors being: Partial paint rub-off from a handful of sections on the lower skirt portions of their gray habits, and the larger nun’s waist cross being slightly bent in a couple of places. Being noted for purposes of accuracy is that the smaller nun does not have a waist crucifix. Whether or not she originally did have one, though not 100% known, is possible but given the manner in which this adornment is so securely attached to the larger nun with intricately twisted copper wire, if the smaller nun also had one of these attached to her waist, it appears that it would be difficult for it to have fallen off or been removed.
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