This Lovely 19th century religious folk art is a Clay or Terracotta Relief of St. Sebastian. It dates back to the beginning of the 19th Century. It shows the Saint tied to a tree with arrows all over his body. Next to him are Plants and Flowers. His name on the bottom is spelled SEWASI - to his sides he also has the letters AN. This appears to be a very unusual spelling most likley influenced by a Serbian or Russian background.
Saint Sebastian (died c. 288) 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 criticized Diocletian in person and as a result was clubbed to death. He is venerated in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
Measurements: 6" by 4"
Condition: In good condition. Beautiful Patina with a glued crack on the lower right (Please see Pictures)
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