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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.
|Height||34.00 cm||(13.39 inches)|
|Width||11.00 cm||(4.33 inches)|
|Depth||8.00 cm||(3.15 inches)|