St Barbara

St Barbara
Stock Number: 5723
Origin: Eastern France
Circa: 1520
Height: 22.5 ins.  (57 cms.)
Width: 8 ins.  (20 cms.)
Depth: 4.5 ins.  (11 cms.)
Full Description:

Early 16th-century limewood figure of St Barbara.

According to legend Barbara's pagan father imprisoned her in a tower to discourage her suitors. As she was a Christian convert she got some workmen to add a third window to the tower to represent the Trinity.  She escaped from captivity, was recaptured and, though she was flogged, refused to recant her Christian beliefs.  In the end she was executed and her father struck by lighting at the very same moment.  Consequently, she is invoked against sudden death by lightning.

In art she is usually shown with the three-windowed tower, and sometimes with a chalice and wafer to symbolise the giving of the last sacrament.  On this carving the chalice and wafer are shown at the base of the tower.

Minor restoration to the crown; split in chest above the book; some old worming to back; old plug in knot hole behind head; left hand lacking.

Velvet-covered stand adds an extra 2" in height to dimensions given.

Price: £1,950.00
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