Saint Martin, France,16th century
- Status : In stock
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- Period : 16th century
- Materials : Fruitwood (walnut wood )
- Dimensions : l. 29.53 inch X H. 39.76 inch X P. 9.84 inch
- Price : 9 500 €€
Saint Martin sharing his coat,south of France, 16th c.
Sculpture in round hump, in fruit wood (walnut?), which represents Saint Martin of Tours, also called Martin the Merciful. Roman Legionary, born in 316, his life is known by the Vita Sancti Martini, written in 396. The devotion to this saint is manifested through a relic, the mantle he shares with a shivering poor man, because, he had already spent his wages after generously distributing his money, he cut off the lining of his coat (chlamydia), because it belonged to the army. He introduced monasticism in Central Gaule, and became patron of the Merovingian and Carolingian dynasties. He became bishop of Tours in 371, where he was buried in 397. Small missing parts, wear and tear; the blade of the sword re-made. South of France, 2nd half of the 16th century.