We are proud to present you this magnificent Baroque Statue of St. Cyriacus holding the Devil in Chains.
The Handcarved Wooden Figure is a typical German depiction of the lesser known Martyr of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He is beautifully carved and has a stunning Polychrome finish. He has amazing movement in his clothing and looks almost real with his magnificently carved head, hands and body. The Devil he is holding in chains and is standing on is carved beautifully and looks amazing. A very typical representation of Continetal Baroque sculptures dating to circa 1700-1740. The figure was most likely carved in the Rhineland Region of Germany.
About St. Cyriacus / St. Cyriac:
Saint Cyriacus, born of a noble patrician family, embraced the Christian religion and gave all his wealth to the poor. He was well known to Roman Emperor Diocletian, who was fond of him. Suddenly Diocletian's daughter became possessed by a furious demon, and she announced that only Cyriacus could deliver her. Diocletian sent for him, and he cured her. She became a Christian like her mother, who is today Saint Serena. A short time later the daughter of the king of Persia also became possessed, and cried out like Diocletian's daughter that she could be delivered only by Cyriacus, who was in Rome. A message was sent to Diocletian, who asked his wife to persuade the deacon to go to Persia for this purpose. He did so with his two remaining Christian companions, and again cast out the demon, thus bringing about the conversion of the king, his family and four hundred persons, whom he baptized. The three confessors returned to Rome, having refused all compensation for their services, saying that they had received the gifts of God gratuitously and wished to share them gratuitously, not deriving profit from them. The barbarous Maximian, hearing of their return in 303, had them seized, imprisoned and tortured, and finally decapitated with twenty other courageous Christians. Their bodies were first buried near the place of their execution on the Salarian Way, but were later removed to the city. An abbey in France, at Altorf in Alsace, possesses relics of Saint Cyriacus and bears his name.
Condition: The Polychrome Paint is in good condition - some chipping. Good overall antique condition. It appears that some of the Polychrome finish and the Base the statue is standing on have been restored in former times. Since the original Chain was missing I recently replace it with a new chain. Please see pictures.
Size: Circa 40 inches in height
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