An absolutely stunning Polish Ryngraf of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa with the Polish White Eagle in the background placed on a hanging shield. Both figures are in high relief with classic details. This wall plaque is made of zinc alloy and cloisonné enamel and is in an antique gold metal finish with a blue background color. This piece is delicately packaged in a corresponding blue velvet case.
Plaque measures approx: 5.15" Wide x 5.5" Tall
Box measures: 8.25" L x 7.0" W x 1.75" H
This type of plaques is known in Polish art as a ryngraf derived from the German word ringkragen. Historically it was part of the chest armor worn high under the neck protecting the throat and usually adorned with religious motifs. Over time the use of the armor diminished, however the ryngraf was borne by Polish warriors and noblemen as tradition. Today this heritage is carried on as the essential gift for newborn Polish boys and girls; although the ryngraf is no longer worn on the chest, instead it is designed as a patriotic-religious wall plaque.