Large & Impressive Late 18th Century French Antique Carved Wood Sculpture of a Male Saint, Possibly Saint James
Late 18th Century French Antique Carved Wood Sculpture of a Male Saint, Possibly Saint James
A large late 18th Century French antique carved wooden sculpture with substantial amounts of original polychrome.
Probably depicting Saint James wearing his hat and holding a book in his right hand.
St. James, also called James, son of Zebedee, or James the Greater, (born, Galilee, Palestine—died 44 CE, Jerusalem; feast day July 25), one of the Twelve Apostles, distinguished as being in Jesus’ innermost circle and the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament (Acts 12:2).
James and his younger brother, St. John the Apostle, are designated Boanerges (from the Greek boanerges), or “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17), perhaps because of their characteristic fiery zeal (Mark 9:38 and Luke 9:54). With Saints Peter and Andrew, James and John were the first four disciples whom Jesus called (Mark 1:16–19) and whose question (“Tell us, when will this [the destruction of the Temple] be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?”) sparks Jesus’ eschatological (pertaining to the end-time) discourse in Mark 13.
Condition – as per the images. Surface wear is commensurate with age. There is surface craquelure to the painted surface however this is stable. Please refer to the images. A further condition report is available upon request.
Size: Height 81.3 cm (32″) X Width 28 cm (11″) x Depth 19 cm (7 1/2″)
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