The gift exclusively given by popes on a Marian visit
The “golden gose” is a gift given exclusively by Supreme Pontiffs on a Marian visit.
The “rose” presented by Pope Francis is made of 925/°°° silver, and composed of a base in pink marble, on which there rests a silver vase with the papal coat of arms, holding the stems with three roses and leaves. It is around 52 cm (20.5 in) high and weighs approximately 1,200 g (2.6 lb).
The techniques used in fashioning the “golden rose” are: cast molding for the vase, lost wax casting for the coat of arms, engraving on the stems, embossing and chiseling for the leaves, 24 carat gold plating for the shoots and the coat of arms, and silver plating at 1000°°° for the vase.
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