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St. Francis (close up)

St. Francis Contemplating a Skull

17th Century or Early 18th

FILIPINO

Ivory and polychromy. The head and base are detachable.*

He may have held a cross or a staff in the other hand but is now lost.

Small hole at the top of the head indicates where the diadema (halo) would have been inserted but is now lost.

There are traces of red-orange tinge to the lips.

 

* Thanks Fr. Rommel for bringing this inconsistency to my attention.

 

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Taken on May 31, 2010