Oak wood statue of St Sebastian

Made:
1520-1530 in Germany
Statue of Saint Sebastian, oak, possible 16th century, German. Front three quarter view, graduated grey background. Statue of Saint Sebastian, oak, possible 16th century, German. Front detail view, grey background.

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Statue of Saint Sebastian, oak, possible 16th century, German. Front three quarter view, graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Statue of Saint Sebastian, oak, possible 16th century, German. Front detail view, grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Statue of Saint Sebastian, oak, perhaps lower Rhenish, German, 1520-1530

Oak statue of St Sebastian, believed to originate from the lower Rhennish (Rhine) area of Germany, possibly 1501-1600. Little is known for sure about his life, other than that he was a martyr who was buried on the Appian Way near Rome, in the third century. In the middle ages he was invoked against the plague.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A634377
Materials:
complete and oak (wood)
Measurements:
glass case: 1435 mm x 569 mm x 570 mm,
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust