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Up for sale is an exquisite wooden carved religious statue dating from the 18th century, maybe earlier I am not sure. The person I bought it from felt it was a depiction of St. John the Baptist as a young child. The figure is based on types of the infant saints and cherubs popular in Sevillian sculpture.
He has a round face and plump cheeks with his hair piled up in curls. He has a serious expression and his glass eyes gaze pensively. He retains its original clothing albeit tattered, he has brown velvet trousers, cotton shirt still retaining the original little metal buttons, genuine (what seems to be goat skin) fur jacket and the most beautiful woven sandals and knit socks typical of 17th century Spain. There is a tiny nail or spike in his raised right hand which indicates that originally he may have held something (in the case of St. John probably a book or bible) in it.
There is a carved hole in his rear with a fragment of a wooden pole from which he would have been supported, most likely he would have been a part of a larger scene in a church altar. I have a little stand with a pole that I think was made later to display him and I will include it with the piece.
Condition is overall very good considering the advanced age. The right hand is missing part of a finger, the left pointer finger looks like it may have had an old repair. He is about 14" tall and 6" wide. Please ask any questions and I will try to help.
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Very Old Religious Neapolitan Creche Figure
$525 USD SOLD
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