St Barbara

St Barbara
Stock Number: 5764
Origin: Northern French
Circa: 1520
Height: 22.5 ins.  (57 cms.)
Width: 8.75 ins.  (22 cms.)
Depth: 1 ins.  (3 cms.)
Full Description:

Early 16th-century oak panel of St Barbara, Northern French.

Barbara's story has no historical basis but dates from around the 7th century and is retold in the Golden Legend.  In order to discourage her numerous suitors, Barbara's pagan father had a tower with two windows built to imprison her.  While he was away Barbara persuaded some workmen to add a third window and smuggled in a priest in the guise of a doctor to baptize her.  On her father's return she told him the three windows represented the Trinity, which infuriated him but though she managed to make a rapid escape, he recaptured and flogged her before handing her over to the Roman authorities.  She refused to recant and her father was called in to execute her himself with a sword.  As he did so he was struck by lighting and burnt to death.

The third window can be seen on this carving at the base of the tower at the same level as Barbara's left hand.  She is invoked against sudden death by storm and lightning.

Small plug on her face where there was originally a dowel, probably used to pin the plank down while it was being carved.

Price: £1,650.00
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