December 18, 2013
DISCOVER AN ARTEFACT: MOULDS FOR BABY JESUS WAX FIGURINES
Plaster moulds made by the sisters between 1874 and 1930.
In addition to the plaster moulds, making baby Jesus figurines out of wax required natural materials like bees’ wax and hair, as well as glass eyes and special equipment including tools for cutting out shapes, knives for sculpting and spatulas for smoothing out the unmoulded wax.
Collection: Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery---The heritage of the Augustinian Sisters’ 12 monastery-hospitals includes a remarkable collection of 40 000 artefacts and 1 linear kilometer of old books. The project Le Monastère des Augustines, which is scheduled to open in 2015, aims at, among other things, gathering together, protecting and showcasing this outstanding heritage. Reference: Patrimoine immatériel religieux du Québec