This rare early 19th century Spanish colonial figural santo represents Saint Sebastian, patron saint of athletes, archers and soldiers. According to popular belief, during the time of Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians, Sebastian concealed his faith, and under sentence of death, made numerous converts to Christianity. When his faith was discovered he was ordered executed -- tied to a stump and shot with arrows.
The figure and the tree are beautifully sculpted - both carved from the same piece of wood.
Carved and polychrome painted wood with excellent wear and surface patina.
Dimensions: approximately 9 inches high.
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