19th Century French Stone Statue of St. Francis with Bird, Patron of Animals
Decorate an outdoor garden with this antique statue of Saint Francis, the saint patron of animals; crafted in France circa 1880, the carved statue stands on a round base and features the Saint dressed in cassock, holding a dove in his hands, and having another bird resting at his feet. The tall and heavy statue is in excellent condition commensurate with age and use with the original weathered and patinated finish. Weight 92 pounds. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), was born in Italy. After a wild youth and a brief career as a soldier, Francis had a conversion experience that inspired him to renounce his family’s wealth and devote his life to God. St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment and animals, built bonds of love with all of the kinds of creatures in the animal kingdom; however, Saint Francis had a special relationship with birds, who often followed him around and rested on his shoulders, arms, or hands as he prayed or walked around outside. Measures: 12″ W x 8″ D x 35″ H.
|Dimensions||12" W x 8" D x 35" H|
Late 19th Century