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

For Sale on - Large walnut Santos figure of a female saint, perhaps Mary, with articulated arms. The head with the original polychrome decoration.

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

Lifesize limewood sculpture of Saint John of Nepomuk with polychrome decoration. Bohemia, early century St John of Nepomuk is a Bohemian saint who in the l

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

Walnut articulated Santos figure, Spain, 18th century

Large walnut Santos figure of a female saint, perhaps Mary, with articulated arms. The head with the original polychrome decoration.

Swabian limewood carving of a prophet, circa 1500

Carved limewood sculpture of a prophet, Swabian 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.

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.

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

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

Two polychromed and gilded reliquary busts, Italy late century

Carved wood sculpture of the baby Jesus, Spain, circa 1800

Carved wood sculpture of the Christ Child, Portuguese circa 1800

An articulated wooden figure with polychromed head, feet and hands, French 19th century  Kate Thurlow | Gallery Forty One

An articulated wooden figure with polychromed head, feet and hands, French century Kate Thurlow

Portuguese articulated Santos figure. Late 18th century | Kate Thurlow | Gallery Forty One

Portuguese articulated Santos figure. Late 18th century | Kate Thurlow | Gallery Forty One

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