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

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

c. 1680 Spain

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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
Some of the polychrome decoration lacking, revealing the coloured gesso ground. The raised hand with broken fingers and the staff missing
Dimensions
Height 22.50 cm (8.86 inches)
Width 11.00 cm (4.33 inches)
Depth 6.80 cm (2.68 inches)
Medium
carved walnut, gilt and paint
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