Saturday, June 20, 2015

RELIGIOUS ART - 17th Century Carvings from the Bible! - Saint Roch

Saint Roch or Rocco was a Christian saint, a confessor whose death is commemorated on 16 August; he is specially invoked against the plague. He may also be called Rock in English, and has the designation of St Rollox in Glasgow, Scotland, said to be a corruption of St Roch's Loch. He is a patron Saint of: dogs; and falsely accused people; among other things.

Grand Saint Roch carved and polychromed wood, hollowed back. Standing bent right leg, he holds a bell in his left hand; a pilgrim's shoulder bag, adorned with shells badge, and wearing a wide-brimmed hat with the same badge; the feeder dog is lying at his feet.

Seventeenth century H 146 cm