This statue vividly depicts Mary as the Tower of David. It stands 11 inches tall and is created from dolomite stone and resin. Mary sits enthroned as the Queen of Heaven with Jesus, the King of Kings, seated on her lap. This statuette will make a most meaningful gift for a wedding or a wedding anniversary, an ordination or ordination anniversary, a profession or jubilee of religious vows, and, of course, Mother’s Day!
Tower of David – A Most Splendid Labor of Love, Faith, and Hope
The cloistered nuns of a monastery in Western Europe design and hand-finish this statuette in their monastic atelier. Each nun prayerfully accomplishes a designated task to enable completion of each statuette. How, where, and by whom the Tower of David statuette is made means that it is indeed ”culturally authentic” in every way and a most splendid labor of love, faith and hope!
Mary the “Tower of David”
There is an actual Tower of David (Hebrew, Migdal David – מגדל דוד) which is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Byzantine Christians believed that this was the site of the palace of King David, referred to in Song of Songs 4:4: “Your neck is like the Tower of David built with turrets, whereon there hang a thousand shields, and each the shield of a hero.” The Tower of David then is a metaphorical reference to the beloved’s beauty and a literal reference to the actual Tower of David near Mount Zion which was used to defend Jerusalem. Mary then is the “Tower of David” because of her spiritual beauty and her office as defender of Christ and Christianity. According to Blessed John Henry Newman in Chapter IV (“On the Assumption”) of his Mediations and Devotions, Mary is indeed the Turris Davidica:
A tower in its simplest idea is a fabric for defence against enemies. David, King of Israel, built for this purpose a notable tower; and as he is a figure or type of our Lord, so is his tower a figure denoting our Lord’s Virgin Mother. She is called the Tower of David because she had so signally fulfilled the office of defending her Divine Son from the assaults of His foes. It is customary with those who are not Catholics to fancy that the honours we pay to her interfere with the supreme worship which we pay to Him; that in Catholic teaching she eclipses Him. But this is the very reverse of the truth. For if Mary’s glory is so very great, how cannot His be greater still who is the Lord and God of Mary? He is infinitely above His Mother; and all that grace which filled her is but the overflowings and superfluities of His incomprehensible Sanctity. And history teaches us the same lesson. Look at the Protestant countries which threw off all devotion to her three centuries ago, under the notion that to put her from their thoughts would be exalting the praises of her Son. Has that consequence really followed from their profane conduct towards her? Just the reverse—the countries, Germany, Switzerland, England, which so acted, have in great measure ceased to worship Him, and have given up their belief in His Divinity while the Catholic Church, wherever she is to be found, adores Christ as true God and true Man, as firmly as ever she did; and strange indeed would it be, if it ever happened otherwise. Thus Mary is the “Tower of David”.