Sculpture of St Roch, Spanish circa 1800
Walnut carving of St Roch in characteristic pose exposing a plague wound on his thigh and with a dog and an angel by his side, decorated with gilt and polychrome on gesso. Spain, late 18th/early 19th century.
Saint Roch was born in 1295 at Montpelier, France into a noble family. At the age of twenty he gave away his considerable fortune to become a pilgrim. He devoted his whole life to the service of those who fell victims to the plague; consequently his intercession is invoked in times of pestilence. St. Roch was himself stricken by the plague and banished. Alone in the forest he was fed every day by a dog bringing him bread.
He is the patron Saint of dogs, and guards against Plague and Pestilence.
Condition: loses to the gilt and polychrome. hat brim missing at the rear. angel lacking wings, St Roch lacking his staff.
|HEIGHT:||14 1/2 inches (37cm)|
|WIDTH:||8 inches (20 cm)|
|DEPTH:||7 inches (17 cm)|
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