Carved Figure of St Roch

 

Carved figure of St Roch

A large carving of St Roch, showing traces of the original polychrome decoration. Late 16th or early 17th century, probably originating from Southern France. St Roch is the patron saint of the plague stricken. Having been miraculously cured of the plague himself by an angel, legend asserts that on returning to his homeland of Lombardy, he was falsely accused of espionage and imprisoned, where he remained caring for plague victims until his death in 1327.

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