This Lovely 19th century religious folk art is a Clay or Terracotta Relief of St. John the Baptist. It dates back to the beginning of the 19th Century. It shows the Saint sitting with a pole in his hand and a lamb to his feet.
John the Baptist was an itinerant preacher and a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith and Mandaeism. John is described as having the unique practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Most scholars agree that John baptized Jesus. Scholars generally believe Jesus was a follower or disciple of John and several New Testament accounts report that some of Jesus' early followers had previously been followers of John. John the Baptist is also mentioned by the Jewish historian Josephus. Some scholars maintain that John was influenced by the semi-ascetic Essenes, who expected an apocalypse and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism, although no direct evidence substantiates this. According to the New Testament, John anticipated a messianic figure greater than himself, and Jesus was the one whose coming John foretold. Christians commonly refer to John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus, since John announces Jesus' coming. John is also identified with the prophet Elijah.
Measurements: circa 4 1/2" by 3"
Condition: In good condition. Beautiful Patina with age consistent wear to the glaze (Please see Pictures)
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