17th Century Hand Carving Gregory the Great
This is a very old hand carving depicting Pope Gregory I, better known as Gregory the Great. The carving is dated to the middle of the 17th Century. It is a very fine carving with rich details. St Gregory is shown in full pontifical robes with the tiara. The clothes are magnificent carved, look please his mantilla with its fine borders. He should hold the cross in his left hand, the fixation nails are present.
The condition is very good commensurate to the age. As often, the hands are missing. The centuries left their traces, the carving shows weathering and worm holes, not active.
Once polychrome painted, the carving shows nowadays some traces of the splendor of this painting.
The thin pedestal is not the original one and younger.
Height: 15.2 inches.
Saint Gregory the Great was born c. 540 and died March 604. He is buried in Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican City. He is also known as Gregory the Dialogist in Eastern Orthodoxy because of his Dialogues. For this reason, English translations of Orthodox texts will sometimes list him as "Gregory Dialogus". He was the first of the popes to come from a monastic background. After his death, Gregory was canonized by popular acclaim. St Gregory is the patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers. A rare carving, a collector piece par excellence!
Item ID: STGREGORY_4574
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