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18th C., Spanish Shool, Gilded Wooden Sculpture of a Pilgrim holding a Cross.

Price €940 €


Two 18th C Spanish wooden sculptures representing pilgrims holding a cross. Both pilgrims have the same pose, with their back slightly bend, their head towards the sky and one arm raised. The other arm is by their side holding a small cross, clearly visible. Both pilgrims are wearing long robes and a travel cloak on top. Their hair is shoulder length and curly.Clear signs of age and patina create the charm of the statues .These sculptures fit into the spirit of late 18th C Spain. The status of apostle Saint James the Great and the Spanish church declined in the eighteenth century, as well as pilgrimage and patron sainthood. In 1879 however, Cardinal Payá announced a protracted revival of the Jacobean cult in Spain. Throughout the Catholic world over the course of the late 19th and 20th C, the immediate effect was to breathe new life into the cult of St. James Day (July 25) festivities and collective pilgrimage became a sizeable event once more.

H x W x D

42 x 21 x 11 cm 43 x 21 x 10 cm