This fascinating statue is very exquisite. The high detail of the body and the expressiveness of St Sebastian`s posture and face give this figurine a special character. Hand carved in Maple wood (24" and larger in Linden wood) and hand painted in oil colors. One of the most elegant figurines of the Peter Mahlknecht collection.
Saint Sebastian is usually depicted bound to a tree or pillar and pierced by arrows.
Patron Saint of archers, athletes, soldiers and protector against plagues
Feast Day: January 20th
According to his legend, Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283, and named captain in the praetorian guards by Emperor Diocletian. When it was discovered during Maximian`s persecution of the Christians that Sebastian was a Christian, he was ordered to be executed. Tied to a tree and shot by arrows, he was left for dead.
But when Irene, the widow of St. Castulus and a Christian, went to recover his body, she found he was still alive and nursed him back to health. Soon after, Sebastian intercepted the Emperor, denounced him for his cruelty to Christians, and was beaten to death on the Emperor`s orders.
His tomb on the Via Appia, has been venerated at least as far back as the time of Saint Ambrose.