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San Agustin de Hippo, 18th Century, Brazil
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This is an 18th century (over 200 years old) Portuguese Colonial carved wood saint figure of San Agustin or Saint Augustine provenance from Brazil. As can be expected from a piece this age has quite a bit of paint losses but mainly the paint is stable. He has original estofado style painting in which the colors and detailing are still noticeable. There is an eyehook attached on his back. He has a hole on top of his head where his resplandor or aura is attached. The aura is made of gold foil (2.75” w x 3” h) is not original to the piece. He is holding and clasping a bible with his left hand and his right hand is missing an attribute which could be a great help in finding out his exact identity. There are at least 7 more doctors of the church who are bishops which could be possibly holding a bible. His vestiture is that of a bishop and the presence of a tonsure indicating he is a clergy.
Dimensions: 7.5" High (9.75” to top of his aura) x 3.0" Wide x 2.0" Deep.
Weight: 6.1 Oz.