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Galerie J. Kugel, Paris.
V. Laloux et P. Cruysmans, Le bestiaire des orfèvres, l'oeil du hibou, Suisse, 1994, illustr. p. 231.
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A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT FIGURE OF SAINT GEORGE ON HORSEBACK
MAKER'S MARK OF MELCHIOR GELB, AUGSBURG, CIRCA 1640
On shaped circular base, repoussé with rocks and foliage, the horse on its hind legs, saint George holding a spear, marked on base and with assay scrape
This figure is undoubtedly a representation of saint George, the rider searching the ground for his prey while brandishing a lance. Saint George was the accepted symbol of Christian knighthood in both catholic and protestant courts and as such, he came to epitomise the fight against the infidels.