|Title||:||Antique Wooden Carving of San Vicente Ferrer w/ Original Base 13”|
The Philippines is quite unique. It is the only country in Asia with a dominating Christian religion. It is estimated that about 90% of the population are Christians. The religion was spread far and wide for over three hundred and fifty years by the colonizing Spanish and the religion is one of Spain’s biggest legacies to the Philippines.
The Filipinos have a natural flair for carving and many santos, old and new, can be found in most Filipino dwellings and indeed the majority of the santos that are put on sale are sourced from these homes.
This statue of the well-loved Dominican Saint is quite rare. Obviously of old age, the patina exudes the warmth of the old world. Expertly carved, the statue is beautifully symmetrical and well-detailed with flowing garments, a testament to the skill of the craftsman. The right hand, which is traditionally portrayed as pointing to the heavens remains intact. Abrasions and a few hairline cracks can be seen throughout and, instead of taking away from the beauty of the statue, actually gives it more character.
|Measurement||:||It measures 13 inches in height (including the base) and 4 inches across.|
|Condition||:||In Good Condition|
|Weight||:||approximately 600 grams|
Saturday, December 27, 2014
11:07 AM Heritage Art Center No comments