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Figure of St Rose of Lima - Figure of St Rose of Lima

Figure of St Rose of Lima

  • Object:

    Figure of St Rose of Lima

  • Place of origin:

    Peru (probably)

  • Date:

    1700-1800 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Peru (probably)


1700-1800 (made)


Height: 8.8 cm From top of crown to bottom of feet, Width: 4.8 cm Maximum, across figure's hands, Depth: 2.5 cm Maximum, from tip of outstretched hand to back, Weight: 94.5 g

Object history note

The crown of roses worn by this silver figure of a nun suggests she can be identified as St Rose of Lima. St Rose, born Isabel Flores y Oliva (1586-1617) was the first saint of America, and was named patron of Peru, all of America, the Indies and the Philippines. She was beatified in 1668, and canonized shortly afterwards in 1671. This statuette may have been a devotional gift to a chapel dedicated to her. The Museum acquired the figure (together with a silver triptych in the same lot) from the collection of F. A. Crisp, FSA, which was auctioned at Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge (London) on 16 November 1922 (lot 62).

Descriptive line

Silver, probably Peru, unmarked, 1700-1800 or later

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, M. Spanish Sculpture: catalogue of the post-medieval Spanish sculpture in wood, terracotta, alabaster, marble, stone, lead and jet in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. ISBN 1851771778 9781851771776


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