Walnut carving of St Roch, Spain, late 17th century - Kate Thurlow | Gallery Forty One

Walnut carving of St Roch, Spain, late 17th century

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Walnut carving of St Roch in characteristic pose exposing a plague wound on his thigh and with a dog by his side, decorated with gilt and polychrome on gesso, the original stand marbelised. Spain, late 17th 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

HEIGHT: 9 inches (22.5 cm)
WIDTH: 4 1/2 inches (11 cm)
DEPTH: 2 1/2 inches (6.8 cm)

 

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