Saint Roch, Santo Rocco- Patron Saint Against Plague and Infectious Disease, no. II, Philippines
The subject of this carving is St. Roch or Santo Rocco. On the custom base it stands just over 15″ in height. The origin is the Philippines. Circa 1850.
St. Roch or Santo Rocco, is a very popular subject among santos figures. In an earlier age where infectious diseases were common and deadly, his intervention with the Trinity was often sought. He is always recognizable by the wound which he points to on his leg; it is unusual for depictions of saints to show signs of affliction. His feast day is August 16th. This particular piece is well carved in proportion and makes a rather stunning display when thoughtful lighting is used.
General: The subject of this carving is St. Roch. On the custom base it stands just over 15″ in height.
Condition Report: Due to the feet being lost, he has been fitted with a handsome custom stand. His right hand is missing. The top most polychrome appears to have been a white or even a light green. Underneath that we see silver and yet underneath that is a red earth tone. All the polychrome is very old, even the top layer.
Whatever the culture, there can be no more important art than that used as an aid for communicating with the divine. I have always found devotional artifacts fascinating to collect; there is no better way to connect with a past culture than through the objects that were important to it. Collecting santos figures is particularly gratifying. The subject, the style and the methods of production combine to tell the tale of what the individuals in that culture valued.
I have been collecting artifacts and religious objects for many years, specializing in Asian and European vintage carvings. Don’t hesitate to ask about other stock that I might have that is not listed here.