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Statuette - St Michael

St Michael

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (made)

  • Date:

    1510-1520 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved oak

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.10-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 9, shelf 1

St Michael was the patron saint of Brussels. Here he is shown trampling on a dog-like dragon. He is seizing its tail with his left hand and raising his right hand to strike the dragon with a sword, now missing. The saint is dressed in a cloak with tasselled edges over a long belted robe. He is also wearing a maniple. This is a strip of fabric worn by a priest on his left arm during Holy Communion.
The base forms part of the statuette which the sculptor has carved in the round. It has lost all traces of paint.
Statuettes of St Michael would have been found everywhere in Brussels, both in the home and in private and guild chapels. People would have used them to help them pray and as protection from evil, temptation and sin.

Physical description

The seemingly weightless St Michael tramples on a dog-like dragon, seizing its tail with his left hand and raising his right hand to strike the dragon with a sword. He is dressed in a voluminous cloak with tasselled edges over a long belted robe.

Place of Origin

Brussels (made)

Date

1510-1520 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved oak

Dimensions

Height: 38.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., in 1951.

Historical context note

Statuettes of St Michael would have been found everywhere in Brussels, both in the home and in private and guild chapels. People would have used them to help them pray and as protection from evil, temptation and sin.

Descriptive line

Statuette, St Michael, carved oak, Brussels, ca. 1510-1520

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

Williamson, Paul, Netherlandish Sculpture 1450-1550 , London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, pp. 134-5, ill., cat. no. 42

Materials

Oak

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Christianity; Dragon; Cloak

Categories

Sculpture; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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