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The Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health Vailankanni
- 62.6 x 56.6 cm., central portrait of the iconic statue of the Virgin Mary and child with ten cells (arranged as four each on left and right and two above) depicting scenes of her appearances before, during and after Portuguese colonization and the construction of the Basilica, on a black background with titles on a pink scroll on the foot above a vignette of the basilica on a sky blue background. In polychrome gouache on card, signed in the illustration. N.p. [Sivakasi], [Ravi Art Calendar Company/Studio Spras], n.d., Edges chipped and rubbed, corners worn down with some loss but not affecting the substance of the image. The shrine is a very popular cross-faith phenomenon, one of the folk art style miniatures depicts a vision of Mary that appeared to shipwrecked Portuguese sailors and another of their landing on her ‘birthday’. The note for catalogue item 65, of a similar subject, in Larsen, Pal and Smith records that ‘Velankanni’ is itself an epithet for the Virgin Mary, ‘kani’ meaning ‘unmarried’. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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