This beautiful wooden and Metal Printing Block or stereotype was made around 1880 for the Print Shop of the Monastery in Altötting in Bavaria (Germany). It is a steel engraving. It shows a beautiful picture of Saint Sebastian in his typical depiction tied to a tree and with arrows stuck to his body. It looks great as a decoration, but can still be used to print.
Saint Sebastian was an early Christian saint and martyr. According to Christian belief, he was killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians. He is commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows. Despite this being the most common artistic depiction of Sebastian, he was, according to legend, rescued and healed by Irene of Rome. Shortly afterwards he went to Diocletian to warn him about his sins, and as a result was clubbed to death. He is venerated in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
Provenance : Altötting - Germany
Size : Printing Block: circa 3 1/4 by 2 3/4 Inches
Condition: Good antique condition. Please see pictures
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