Saint Sebastian, Early Martyr, Santos from Central or South America, Religious Art

Saint Sebastian, Early Martyr, Santos from Central or South America, Religious Art

Saint Sebastian, Early Martyr, Santos from Central or South America, Religious Art

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This is a 10″ tall carved wood depiction of St. Sebastian. It was produced in Central or South America in the 19th century. The saint is in his traditional pose, tied to a tree and with arrows once embedded in his flesh. His eyes are made of glass. Condition: The saint has lost his right arm above the elbow. The arrows that once pierced his body are also missing. The losses to the polychrome are evident. He has glass eyes. Comments: Santos carvings of St. Sebastian, while fairly uncommon, are quite popular due to the striking imagery and his personal story. He is sometimes known as the saint that was martyred twice as he managed to survive the ordeal depicted in this image. He was later clubbed to death by agents of the Emperor Diocletian. He is called upon for intercession by scholars, athletes, soldiers and those seeking reprieve from serious pestilence. He is credited with saving Rome from an outbreak of plaque in 680AD. 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. Website: http://sirraffles.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirRafflesArt

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