The exhibition from December 7 presented at the Górków Palace in Poznań was prepared by the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk. Derived from the collections of the museum's own monuments, they co-create the richest collection of exhibits related to the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Poland and the second in Europe.
The aim of the organization of the exhibition "Archeological testimonies of Marian cult in medieval Gdańsk" is to depict the unique place that the cult of Mary occupied in individual religious practices of the medieval inhabitants of Gdańsk. On the basis of archaeological finds one can trace gradually the popularity of this cult from the fourteenth century and its rapid decline at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The first certified manifestation of Marian cult in Gdańsk was the construction of a church church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, around the middle of the 12th century. From this period, as well as the next century, there is no archaeological manifestation of this cult. The first Marian monuments discovered in Gdańsk come from about the mid-fourteenth century, and a significant increase in their number falls on the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth century.
In addition to pilgrimage memorabilia - pilgrim signs, bells and ampoules for water from wonderful sources, there is a whole range of everyday objects bearing images and Marian inscriptions. Images of the Mother of God accompany the inhabitants of Gdańsk not only during visits to churches, but also in the comfort of home, looking from stove tiles, home altars and tableware. Jewelery with Marian inscriptions becomes extremely popular.
The authors of the exhibition: Ewa Trawicka and Beata Ceynowa
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