Antique Santos Figures | Catholic Saints | Religious Carving

Depictions of the Holy Family and Saints in early Christian iconography are amongst the most beautiful works of art ever made. Sculptures carved from native woods, then decorated with gilt and paint on gesso ground furnished churches and private devotional spaces throughout the Christian world. Santos (saint) figures were made post Reformation in the Iberian peninsula and South America. These naive caved sculptures with articulated joints and were once fully dressed with wigs and robes.
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Walnut Articulated Santos Figure, 18th Century

Walnut Articulated Santos Figure, 18th Century

Lifesize limewood sculpture of Saint John of Nepomuk with polychrome decoration. Bohemia, early 17th century

Limewood sculpture of St John of Nepomuk, Bohemia, early 17th century

Lifesize limewood sculpture of Saint John of Nepomuk with polychrome decoration. Bohemia, early 17th century

Walnut articulated Santos figure, Spain, 18th century   Kate Thurlow | Gallery Forty One

Walnut articulated Santos figure, Spain, 18th century

Walnut articulated Santos figure, Spain, 18th century Kate Thurlow | Gallery Forty One

Naive Carving of a Female Saint, Catalonia Spain, circa 1600

Naive Carving of a Female Saint, Catalonia Spain, circa 1600

Swabian limewood carving of a prophet, circa 1500

Carved limewood sculpture of a prophet, Swabian circa 1500

Swabian limewood carving of a prophet, circa 1500

An oak naive carving of the Madonna and Child, probably once part of a larger group.  French, 17th century circa 1660

An oak naive carving of the Madonna and Child, probably once part of a larger group. French, 17th century circa 1660

Pair of early 18th century polychromed Putti, Spanish

Pair of early 18th century polychromed Putti, Spanish

Walnut carving of St Roch in characteristic pose exposing a plague wound on his thigh and with a dog by his side, decorated with gilt and polychrome on gesso, the original stand marbelised. Spain, late 17th century

Walnut carving of St Roch in characteristic pose exposing a plague wound on his thigh and with a dog by his side, decorated with gilt and polychrome on gesso, the original stand marbelised. Spain, late 17th century

Two polychromed and gilded reliquary busts, Italy late 17th century

Two polychromed and gilded reliquary busts, Italy late 17th century

Naive Carving of a Female Saint, Catalonia Spain, circa 1600

Naive Carving of a Female Saint, Catalonia Spain, circa 1600

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