Czech archaeologists find unique Virgin Mary statuetteNovember 22nd, 2007 - 5:16 pm ICT by admin
Prague, Nov. 22 (ANI): Czech archaeologists have found a unique eight centimetre-long ceramic statuette of Virgin Mary with Jesus from the late 14th century in the center of Usti nad Labem of the Czech Republic.
Xinhua quoted the head of the archaeological research, Marta Cvrkova, as saying that the elaborated artefact was probably part of a family alter-piece.
The faces of Virgin Mary and Jesus may have suffered damage during the Hussite Wars in the 15th century when the city of Usti was destroyed, as Hussites used to damage statues during their invasions, Cvrkova added.
In the past few years archaeologists uncovered a 6,900-6,200 year-old round shrine from the Neolithic Age near the current finding site. (ANI)
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