Auction 3 Antiques and Fine Art: Colonial & Sacred Art
Apr 29, 2021
Carrer d'Aribau, 123, 08036 Barcelona., Spain

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LOT 247:

Neapolitan school of the second half of the seventeenth century. Clement I. Reliquary bust in carved and polychrome ...


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Neapolitan school of the second half of the seventeenth century. Clement I. Reliquary bust in carved and polychrome wood. It represents a bearded saint, who can be identified as a bishop by the miter. It has the cubicle to keep the relics in the center of the chest. 83 x 52 x 34 cm. With faults. Pope Clement I considered the first Apostolic Father of the Church. This type of reliquary was somewhat common since the Gothic period, usually referred to as "heads" in contemporary documentation of its realization and used to contain relics of the head, as carvings of arms, etc. they were used for relics from another part of the saint's body. It should be remembered, however, that at that time practically any element that had been in contact with the saint or with his mortal remains (cloths, burial ground, etc.) was considered a sacred relic. The best examples were made in precious metals, but specimens like this one were also highly valued, by the continent and, above all, by the content.