Tower of David
The main characteristic here is that of a
sturdy tower surrounded by fortifications, hung with many shields and
build on rocky foundations.
The medallion superimposed on the tower
shows the half-image of Mary in the posture of the young and meek Orante.
The medallion is decorated with the tools and symbols of war: sword,
banner, helmet, shield, trumpet. . .even what looks like the head of
The symbol of the Tower of David is taken
from the Song of Songs 4:4. It was applied to Mary, and symbolizes Mary's womb giving life and protection to Jesus
(Richard of St. Laurent). Mary also gives protection to all those
who seek refuge against temptation and danger (Abertus Magnus).
The tower is further a symbol of Mary's undefiled virginity (Salzer
12:21), later also of her Immaculate Conception. The
fortifications of the tower are a symbol of Mary's virtues, the many
shields (one thousand shields) are virtues or signs of heavenly protection
against the devil.
Using Psalm 61, this illustration
paraphrases the following verse and attributes it to Mary, "You
are a tower of strength against the foe" (Psalm 61:4).