I have not visited eBay in quite some time and suddenly had this inclination to check it out yesterday. I was lucky to find this vintage, Italian plaster saint that was recently restored by a professional conservator.
This is a wonderful piece of old New Orleans nostalgia as it is from one of the most beloved Roman Catholic schools in the Crescent City. This statue was often used by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in classroom “Saint Joseph Altar” celebrations, a time honored Italian American tradition in New Orleans.
It was made in the 1920’s. I love the energy of old things that have been prayed with many times over. They represent an existing path to Spirit made with love and devotion over many decades.
I can’t wait to add Saint Joseph to my altar. He should arrive by the end of the week.