17th century Flemish oak figure of St Antony the Great
17th century Flemish oak figure of St Antony the Great
17th century Flemish oak figure of St Antony the Great
17th century Flemish oak figure of St Antony the Great
17th century Flemish oak figure of St Antony the Great
17th century Flemish oak figure of St Antony the Great

17th century Flemish oak figure of St Antony the Great

17th century West Flanders

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17th-century Flemish oak figure of St Antony the Great, also known as Antony, Abbot and Antony of Egypt. He was born in Egypt c. A.D. 251 and died 105 years later in 356. He was a popular saint in the Middle Ages when he was known as the Father of Monasticism and thought to be responsible for effecting cures for an epidemic of the skin infection, erysipelas, often called St Antony's fire. The medieval Antonine monks bred pigs and their lard was supposedly used in cures for erysipelas.

On this carving Antony is shown as a bearded old man, holding a rosary and a gnarled walking stick. The pig is reaching up to his missing right hand, which possibly held a small bell, a symbol of the Order of St Antony's right to collect alms for their hospitals which cared for the sick and the poor.

Antony is the patron saint of the poor and needy, as well as of butchers and sausage makers.

Damage to the base of the carving as shown in photographs - piece missing from back of integral stand. Antony's right hand missing.
Dimensions
Height 34.00 cm (13.39 inches)
Width 11.00 cm (4.33 inches)
Depth 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Stock Code
5725
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