10 November 2005
A POLYCHROME CARVED WOOD GROUP OF THE CHRIST CHILD SLEEPING ON A SKULL
Spanish, 18th century
Depicted sleeping on his side and resting on a skull; the underside of the skull inscribed in ink 'Felipe Roque Fin (?)'; with a later silk ribbon around the waist and between the legs; chips, minor restorations.
6¾ x 16in. (7.2 x 40.7cm.)
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For a closely comparable example of this group and a discussion of the iconography see M. Trusted, Spanish Sculpture, London, 1996, no. 23.
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