19th century Religious terracotta statue - Saint Elizabeth (?) with roses & bread - 39½"

SKU: 13867

A superb terracotta sculpture from the nineteenth century. A saint is draped with cloth and roses and is offering bread. 

Possibly an interpretation of the 'Miracle of the roses' - one legend is as follows - from Wikipedia.

In its most characteristic form the legend goes as follows. One day the young but pious Elizabeth, in the company of one or more serving women, descends from Wartburg Castle down to the village of Eisenach, below the castle. She is carrying meat, eggs, and bread under her mantle. Supposedly she has taken items from the family dining table to distribute to the poor in the village, against the wishes of her family who frown upon such behavior. Halfway down, she unexpectedly meets her husband Ludwig IV of Thuringia, who asks, upon seeing her bulk, what she is carrying. Embarrassed and speechless as she is, she does not know what to say. Ludwig opens her mantle and to his surprise (in some versions this takes place in the dead of winter) finds her carrying a bouquet of roses."

Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 39½" high x 13½" wide x 17¼"
Approx. overall 100cm high x 34cm wide x 44cm

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