A Rare 15th Century Carved Stone Head, Depicting the Head Of St Dennis
A 15th Century Carved Stone Head. Possibly depicting the decapitated head of St. I know this is a long shot as it is a fragment of the original sculpture but it reminds me of the sculpture of St. Denis in the Cluny Museum (image attached). Saint Denis was a missionary sent from Italy to spread Catholicism in the city of Paris. Startled by the number of all Catholic conversions that took place on his behalf, the local pagan priests felt threatened by him and sentenced him to death. His decapitation took place in 250 AD, in Montmartre.
According to the legend, once decapitated, he stood up, picked up his severed head from the dirt and walked 6 km to the North, preaching a sermon the entire way. Amazingly, he even stopped to rinse his head off along the way. 12 High on ebonised base. A rare survivour of turbulent times that is very decorative and displays well, it has a natural weathered surface and definition.
The item "A Rare 15th Century Carved Stone Head, Depicting the Head Of St Dennis" is in sale since Thursday, March 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Other Antiques". The seller is "antiquehaddenoak" and is located in Heathfield. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Origin: France
- Age: Pre-1800
- Type: Figurine/Statue
- Material: stone
- Original/Repro: Original