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Relief - The Martyrdom of a female Saint
  • The Martyrdom of a female Saint
    Dietz, Ferdinand also Tietz, born 1708 - died 1777
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The Martyrdom of a female Saint

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (South, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dietz, Ferdinand also Tietz, born 1708 - died 1777 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

On the left St. Regina standing between two gaolers, one of whom is holding the end of the thong which binds her wrists and at the same time points towards a sculpture of a caracoling horse on a pedestal immediately behind. St. Regina however, looks upwards towards a vision of Christ on the Cross born by cherubim in clouds and rays of glory; one of the cherubs carries a martyr's crown and another a palm. On the extreme left, partly obscured by the left gaoler, are two men, one of whom is in the act of raising a cross. On the right, a king sits on a throne placed on a dais, surrounded by curtains and attended by a military figure and a small figure holding a cushion. A soldier lifts a curtain on the right of the dais. Behind, on the roof-top of a building, which appears to have two spires in the background, three female figures and a child attitudinise in prayer and dismay. A cherub blowing a trumpet flies out from behind one of the spires. In the foreground, a reclining female figure with a child looks towards the king.

Place of Origin

Germany (South, made)


ca. 1750 (made)


Dietz, Ferdinand also Tietz, born 1708 - died 1777 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 38 cm, Width: 50 cm, Thickness: 8.5 cm greatest

Object history note

Bought from Leslie Hand for £30.

Descriptive line

Relief, limewood, The Martyrdom of Saint Regina, probably by Ferdinad Dietz, South German, middle of 18th century

Labels and date

South German (Franconian); mid-18th century
Perhaps by Ferdinand Dietz (1708-1777)
[1993 - 2011]

Production Note




Subjects depicted

Men; Female figure; Throne; Cross; Gaoler; King; Clouds; Cherubim


Christianity; Reliefs; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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