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Antique Statue Saint Benedict the Moor, Wooden Figure St Benedict of Palermo, 1800's, Santos Figure, Patron Saint of Blacks, Religious

Antique Statue Saint Benedict the Moor, Wooden Figure St Benedict of Palermo, 1800's, Santos Figure, Patron Saint of Blacks, Religious

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This exquisite and exceptionally rare antique figure of St. Benedict the Moor originates from the late 18th to early 19th century. Acquired in the southern region of Italy, from an antique dealer, this hand-carved wooden statue likely served as the highlight of a private chapel or a home altar, (Overall, home altars served as important focal points for religious practice and devotion in many households throughout the 18th century).

Measuring approximately 24.8 x 9 x 6.3 cm and weighing around 315 grams, this carving exhibits a captivating timeworn patina and distressed appearance, adding to its inherent beauty and mystery. The beautiful black saint is primitively carved with interesting features and captivating eyes. On his arms the baby Jesus. Its remarkable decorative appeal and profound symbolism make it a unique treasure.

“Benedict the Moor Italian: Benedetto il Moro; 1526 – 4 April 1589) was a Sicilian Franciscan friar. Born of enslaved Africans in San Fratello, he was freed at birth. Also known as Saint Benedict the Black or Saint Benedict the African, is significant within black culture, particularly in the context of African and Afro-descendant communities."

As a young man he joined a Franciscan-affiliated hermit group, of which he became the leader. Saint Benedict overcame racial prejudice and societal barriers to become a revered figure within the Catholic Church. In 1564 he was sent to the Franciscan friary in Palermo, where he continued good works. He died in 1589. Benedict was beatified by Pope Benedict XIV in 1743 and canonized in 1807 by Pope Pius VII. It is claimed that his body was found incorrupt upon exhumation a few years later.”

His life story, marked by resilience, faith, and devotion, serves as an inspiration for many people of African descent, especially those who have faced discrimination and hardship. Saint Benedict is often celebrated for his humility, kindness, and unwavering commitment to his faith despite facing racial prejudice and discrimination during his lifetime. He is revered as a symbol of hope, perseverance, and triumph over adversity, resonating deeply with the experiences and struggles of black individuals and communities worldwide. He was one of the earliest African saints to be formally recognised by the Church. This recognition further contributes to his importance within black culture and serves as a source of pride and inspiration for many.

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