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Late 17th C, Italian School, Wooden sculpture of Saint Anthony carrying the Child
According to the legends, there are two Saint Anthony’s, they can easily be distinguished by their hair. This one is known as Saint Anthony of Padua, he is recognizable by his hair, which is a clerical tonsure. It is practice of cutting or shaving some of all the hair on the scalp as a sign of religious devotion. Saint Anthony was born in 1232 in Lisbon, Portugal. He was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Known by his contemporaries for his powerful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick, he was one of the most quickly canonized saints in church history.
Saint Anthony of Padua is also known as patron saint of lost things. The wooden figure is standing on a wooden block and is holding the Child in his left hand. The wood is carved with much detail for the fold in Saint Anthony’s robes and the hair. The child is seated on an open book and is holding a round object in his hand. The back shows the most signs of age-related damage and has a small iron bar to secure the statue against the wall.The sculpture is in an overal good condition and shows some age cracks in the front and the back.
h x w x d
145 x 71 x 40 cm