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San Sebastian #1, Vintage 1932, U.S. Ireland

San Sebastian #1, Vintage 1932, U.S. Ireland
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Title: Vintage Hand Painted Plaster Cast San Sebastian / Saint Sebastian

Date/Era/Period: Early 20th Century circa 1932

Grade: Superb Museum Quality

Condition: Perfect shape, no chips, breaks or cracks, minor paint loss. Original paint about 95%.

Origin: U.S. Irish

Size: Overall Dimensions: 14.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches wide x 4.5 inches deep), Weight = 2.7 lb.

Comments: This is a large image of Saint Sebastian . It is plaster cast in the the early 20th century. At the back is a circular stamp “COPYRIGHT 1932, T. M. O’CONNELL & CO.” although not completely visible, but a similar statue in stock confirms it. The body is anatomically proportioned characteristic of a Roman athlete (long legs, trim and tone muscular body). Note the completeness of this figure with the presence of the Roman helmet beside the right side of the tree, the cross on the ground, the four piercing arrows with blood on his body and the detail of the ropes that binds him. Everything has been preserved from time because it has been stored in a glass case for so long. As with any plaster casting, which may last a long time, but breakage is its enemy and so few survives this (especially an uncommon statue like this San Sebastian) so that this one is considered RARE in its form.

History: Saint Sebastian the former Roman soldier is known as a martyr. It is said that when he was discovered as Christian in 286, Mauretanian archers shot him with arrows. He was soon after found by the widowed St. Irene and nursed back to health. Saint Sebastian then confronted Emperor Diocletian and asked him to end his persecution of Christians. Angry by what he considered betrayal and defiance Diocletian promptly had him beaten to death by clubs. In this sculpture he is seen standing, bound, and pierced by arrows. Get this stunning statue and always be reminded of this great story of bravery and conviction.

He is patron of archers, athletes, and soldiers, and is appealed to for protection against plagues. He is patron saint of athletes because of his physical endurance and his energetic way of spreading and defending the Faith. Sebastian is also patron to all soldiers. He entered the Roman army under Emperor Carinus in 283 in order to defend the confessors and martyrs of his day without drawing attention to himself. His efforts kept the Faith of Marcus and Marcellian firm during their persecutions, right up to the time of their martyrdom. He was declared patron of plague sufferers of his reported cures of those afflicted with many diseases.

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