Beautiful Old Tabernacle St. Jude Thaddeus Retablo - Circa 1900
What a stunning and unusual religious piece this is.We date the Tabernacle to the early part of the 20th century and the origin is of course Roman Catholic, from the Highlands of Peru. Beautifully hand carved, the age is showing but the pigments of the hand painted floral motifs and birds are still rich and glorious.There is an old repair to one arm at the shoulder. The Tabernacle measures approximately 14" in height and 12" in width....or 23" with the doors opened wide. The figure of Saint Jude is about 10" tall. and is hand carved from Maguey wood.
Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is sometimes identified with Jude, "brother of Jesus", but is clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, another disciple, the betrayer of Jesus.
The Armenian Apostolic Church honors Thaddeus along with Saint Bartholomew as its patron saints. In the Roman Catholic Church he is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes.
Saint Jude's attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles. Another common attribute is Jude holding an image of Jesus Christ, in the image of Edessa. In some instances he may be shown with a scroll or a book (the Epistle of Jude) or holding a carpenter's rule.
PLEASE NOTE: This piece will not be available for shipping until mid January 2013