Price: $ 2,200.00
San Bonifacio Martir, patron saint of brewers and file cutters, is depicted in this rare 19th century Mexican folk retablo.
According to popular belief, legend tells of a sacred Germanic oak tree that Boniface attempted to fell near the town of Fritzar in Germany's northern Hesse. The moment he swung his axe a miraculous wind suddenly blew the great oak over. The village onlookers, seeing that Boniface was not struck down, saw this as a sign from God and converted to Christianity. Boniface used the wood from the tree to build a local church in the name of Saint Peter. Saint Boniface is credited as one of the first to unify Europe. He is also said to have been the inventor of the Christmas tree.
San Bonifacio is depicted in this retablo as a soldier -- bedecked in full military regalia with brandished sword and a crown of thorns, a symbol of his martyrdom. Inscribed along lower edge, 'S. Bonifacio Martir'.
Dimensions: 14 inches x 10 inches.
Condition: very minor paint loss. Old hanging puncture along top edge.
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