Saint Francis Embracing Christ Hand Carved Olive Wood Statue
W 7" x H 16.5"
Balanced with one foot on a sphere and the other on the ground, St. Francis of Assisi is portrayed here embracing the torso of the crucified Christ in a masterful statue of hand carved olive wood. Only our premier craftsmen in Bethlehem could intricately carve such amazing detail from a simple block of wood with such beauty.
This dramatic statue represents St. Francis’ desire to live his life in imitation of Jesus, especially the crucified Jesus Christ. His divine union with Christ developed through his continued stages of personal martyrdom.
This magnificent art piece shows an intricately carved cross, life-like carvings in Christ’s beard, face and body down to the detail of nails in His hand and feet.
With his left arm around Jesus’ hanging body, St. Francis is embellished with finely carved hair, beard and facial features while his iconic Franciscan robe follows the natural form of his body with great folds and movement while balanced on a sphere that symbolizes his disdain for the world.
Mounted on two carved bases, this one-of-a-kind piece carries the colors and contrast of the wood grain of the olive tree and is the consummate gift for a home, church or office.