Approx 20" Platter
Papier Mush molded over large serving platter
allowed to dry to leather stage and embedded with the Rose pattern out
of broken pieces of stain glass
CHRISTMAS ROSE: Several legends surround
the hellebore; in witchcraft it is believed to have ties
to summoning demons. Helleborus niger is commonly
called the Christmas rose, due to an old legend that it
sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl
who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.
Although the flowers of some species may resemble
wild roses, hellebores do not belong to the rose family
Helleborus niger Christmas Rose: Hellebores are
widely grown in gardens for decorative purposes,
as well as for their purported medicinal abilities and
uses in witchcraft.
The so-called Christmas rose (H. niger), a traditional
cottage garden favourite, bears its pure white flowers
in the depths of winter.