"Saint Guenole 17th Polychrome Wood Saint Sculpte Patina Origin"It is Saint Guénolé. It is a 17th century subject.
Sold as is.
Attention, it misses a hand, the polychromy is absent in places, there are slits, it is fragile,
Sent by post, however it is necessary to accept the defects due to the age.
For the state thank you to detail the photos. The photos are an integral part of the description.
Dimensions: Height: 103 cm Width: 32 cm
Saint Guénolé is a legendary religious figure who lived in the late 5th and early 6th centuries in Brittany and died around 532. He is reputed to have founded Landévennec Abbey . In Breton, his name is spelled Gwennole or Gwenole. In Latin, his name appears in the Landévennec cartulary in the form of Uuingualoeus then Guingualoeus. From Guingualoeus derive the following names in French: Guénolé, Grimolay, Guignolet, Guingalois, Guingaloué, Guingalan, Guinglin, etc. Saint Guénolé is also known in Latin texts under the name of Winwaloeus, from which Winnoc or Walloy (in the latter case in Montreuil in Pas-de-Calais). We have sometimes, wrongly, confused Saint Guénolé with Saint Gwenaël5 who was in reality his successor as abbot of Landévennec. His hagiography was taken from La légende dorée de saint Guénolé or Vie brève written by the monk Clément in Landévennec around 8606. His father, Saint Fragan, and his mother, Saint Gwenn, are said to have landed in the bay of Saint-Brieuc, probably coming from Wales, to settle in Ploufragan (Côtes-d'Armor). Guénolé is the third son of a family whose other children are Clervie, Jacut and Guéthénoc. He would have been born, either in Ploufragan, or in Plouguin where the supposed place of his birth is still shown (a feudal motte). Still a child, he was entrusted, around 470, to Saint Budoc to be formed in his hermitage, located on Lavret Island, in the Bréhat archipelago. Around 485, he expressed the desire to go to Ireland to venerate the remains of Saint Patrick who had just died; the apostle appears to him in a dream to indicate to him that it is preferable to stay in Armorica to found an abbey there. With eleven other disciples of Saint Budoc, he settled on another island called Tibidy, which we tried to interpret as the island of the house of prayers, at Hôpital-Camfrout, in the Faou river. "Crossing westward the regions of the Domnonée and thus reaching the confines of the Cornouaillais, he finally discovered happily a lodging with his aforementioned companions in the island called Thopépigie [Tibidy]" writes Gurdisten, abbot of Landévennec, in his "Life of Saint Guénolé ”. At the end of three years, in 490, Guénolé, new Moses, miraculously opens a passage in the sea to go and found a new abbey on the opposite bank of the estuary, in Landévennec. He made it the religious center of western Brittany; he died there around 532. The day before his death, he would have chosen his successor, celebrated a mass and received absolution