19th Century Spanish-African Saint Statue with Milagros

(Spain, 19th Century)

19th Century Spanish-African Saint Statue with Milagros
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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19th Century Spanish-African Saint Statue with Milagros


A beautiful Spanish colonial statue of a saint, possibly Saint Maurice, the first black saint of the Roman Catholic Church. He was a Roman legionary born in Egypt in the third century, and martyred in what is today Switzerland for refusing to massacre Christians for the Roman Empire. His image became popular in Western art and during the Renaissance, when he finally was depicted as a black African Soldier. This statue dates to the 1800-1820, at a time when Maurice was the most preferred Saint.

The statue is in excellent condition for its age. The saint is carved out of wood and gesso, with appendages made entirely of solid wood. He stands erect on a wooden base and looks out into the horizon, with an arm outstretched. His eyes are made of glass, and have a clear beautiful sparkle. He wears a velvet robe and a hood, with milagros that are hand sewn to the clothing. Milagros are small religious charms that are offered to saints who have performed a “miracle” for someone. Some milagros are of animals; there are also milagros representing the heart and the eyes. Some of the milagros are made of sterling silver while others are 900 silver.

The Saint measures 14 inches tall and has a base of 4-1/4 inches wide. This figural sculpture is remarkable, and a beautiful art work. It is made with incredible detail and care making this piece quite rare. A perfect addition for an art collection, and someone who appreciates history.


Origin Spain
Category Antiquities
Period 19th Century
Style Unspecified

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