Sculpture of St Roch, Spanish circa 1800

GBP 780.00

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Object Description

Walnut carving of St Roch in characteristic pose exposing a plague wound on his thigh and with a dog and an angel by his side, decorated with gilt and polychrome on gesso. Spain, late 18th/early 19th century.
Saint Roch was born in 1295 at Montpelier, France into a noble family. At the age of twenty he gave away his considerable fortune to become a pilgrim. He devoted his whole life to the service of those who fell victims to the plague; consequently his intercession is invoked in times of pestilence. St. Roch was himself stricken by the plague and banished. Alone in the forest he was fed every day by a dog bringing him bread.
He is the patron Saint of dogs, and guards against Plague and Pestilence.

Object Condition

Loses to the gilt and polychrome. hat brim missing at the rear. angel lacking wings, St Roch lacking his staff.

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