Spirit of God Descending

Medium: Vintage liturgical carved wood dove plaque, 1800’s Polish Bible, Nepalese Paper, Waxed Linen Thread, Ethiopian Coptic Stitching

Artist Statement: This hand carved wooden plaque was found in the New York studio of well-known liturgical artist, Joseph Noe, upon his death in 1994. It most likely dates from the 1940’s. The dove is one of many symbols used for the Holy Spirit. This dove is symbolic of the account in all four Gospels of Jesus’ baptism where the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus in bodily form as a dove, affirming Jesus as the Messiah. The dove is also an emblem of purity and peace and the form of the dove at Jesus’ baptism signified that the Spirit with which Jesus was endowed was one of holiness and innocence.

14H X 7W X 2D


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