Monday, January 5, 2015

Antique 19th Century St. Roch, San Roque Wooden Santo Carving 13.5”

Title: Antique 19th Century St. Roch, San Roque Wooden Santo Carving 13.5”
Description: Religious carvings are widespread in the Philippines. Introduced by the Spanish during the country’s colonization, these icons can be found in most Filipino homes as decorative elements or in home altars. Many examples exist ranging from the expertly carved to crude folk statues crafted by the everyday man. It is a very interesting aspect of Filipino culture and is a testament to their faith, religiosity as well as their fine craftsmanship.
St. Roch or San Roque San Roque is one of the more renowned saints in Catholic-majority Philippines. He is traditionally portrayed revealing a fatal wound on his thigh which, according to legend, was healed when a dog belonging to a nobleman licked the injury.
This particular piece is believed to have been carved at the turn of the century as evident in its patina. The right hand has been lost over time, a feature not uncommon for statues this old. Small layers of the old coats of paint are still visible and vibrant in some parts and along with the small abrasions and chips it adds beautiful character to the carving. It is mounted on a wooden base which appears to be original to the piece.
Measurement: It measures 13.5 inches in height (including the base) and 5.2 inches across.
Condition: In Good Condition
Weight: approximately 800 grams

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HAC Code: 2A089


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