Size: 5/8 inch
Material: Sterling Silver
This hard-to-find medal shows St Anthony the abbot (not to be confused with St Anthony of Pauda!). He is sitting on a rock in contemplation with a pig is shown standing beside him.
St Anthony was born in Egypt in 251. He sold all of his belongings in order to devote his life to solitude and contemplation of the scriptures. He moved to the desert to become a hermit and lived alone for 20 years. As people heard of St Anthony, they came to him for advice and spiritual direction. Eventually so many people wanted to follow is way of life that he founded two monasteries.
The monks there supported themselves by weaving baskets. Later in his life he retired once again to the desert where he died peacefully in 356.
His medal shows him with a pig because in the middle ages pig skins were used to treat skin conditions. St Anthony was also called upon for healing of skin conditions. This caused the two of them to be linked in Christian iconography, although St Anthony is not known to have had any dealings with pigs during his actual lifetime.
The medal was cast in sterling silver from an antique medal in the Rosa Mystica Collection so it shows all the beauty and history of the original piece. It comes with a matching holy card in an organza gift bag, ready for gift-giving, and was made in the USA.