Antique German Holy Spirit Wood Carving, 1800's
A glorious antique wood carving with the Holy Spirit, German, Early 1900's.
This gorgeous wood carving that was discovered recently represents the Holy Spirit as a magnificent open winged dove upon rays of light. This is a fantastic and rare example of such carvings where the rays of light are gilded while the white dove is hand painted in natural colours. In Christian Iconography, the dove symbolises the Holy Spirit because in each of the four gospel accounts, it is written that the Spirit of God “descended upon Jesus as a dove.” The dove also represents peace and purity. The carving measures about 32 x 32 x 6 cm or approximately 12.6 x 12.6 x 2.3 inches and it is in great antique condition with minor signs of ageing that in my opinion only enhance its true beauty and splendour today. It is a carving created with the masterful talent and craftsmenship thats still after a century of its existence look so wonderful as it was made today. It is exactly as I discovered it. For the full condition please refer to the images!
This is a truly exquisite carving that would look just exceptional when shown on its own - above a bed or door, a grand mirror or a painting - or in combination with other decorative items in order to create an awe-inspiring interior display. This is a remarkable and outstanding treasure for a stylish and unique interior!
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