"Important Polychrome Statue, Late Seventeenth Period, Early XVIIIth. Saint Jean Baptist ?"Important and large polychrome wooden statue, probably representing Saint John the Baptist.
Dressed simply in a monk's robe held by a cord, he holds a sheep on his arm.
Period Late 17th, early 18th century.
This statue is in very good state of conservation, including in polychromy, despite some normal losses. Two losses, one on the sheep and one on the base.
In the iconography, Saint John the Baptist is represented in a tunic holding a lamb representing the Savior. He is the protector of the Innkeepers, shepherds, dressmakers, tailors, furriers and tanners. He is also the patron of the cities of Turin, Genoa and Florence.