Patron Saint of England/Crusades and Scouting Symbol
Offering a wonderful old religious "santo" of St. George slaying the dragon (symbol for Satan). Made of heavy carved wood with original paint in greens, yellows, reds. Wonderful details including a praying angel who sits to the back of horse. This appears to possibly be an architectural remnant that was separated form another piece. Expected paint chipping and some age cracking (see photos).
Measures 8 inches long, 6.5 inches high and 2.5 inches deep/thick.
St. George is the Patron Saint of England. He was canonized by Pope Gelasius in 494 AD. The Pope said St. George was one of those"...whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God." St. Georgeexemplified courage, devotion, piety, leadership, truthfulness and dedication--the triumph of good over evil. Crusaders venerated him and wore his cross (red on a white background). King Edward III of England chose George to be the patron Saint for the Knight of the Garter. During this time he also became the patron Saint of Portugal and Italy. Czarina Catherine II founded the Russian Order of Saint George.
Baden-Powell often used St. George as a symbol in the character building program of Scouting. The Rover program started in 1917 is based on a Knighthood theme, with the symbol of St. George of primary importance in terms of both moral and physical courage.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This figure is most likely a 19th C. polychrome altarpiece--part of a larger altarpiece.