Lot #037

Statue of an Augustinian Saint

Late 18th–Early 19th Century
Molave
H:58” x L:24” x W:15” (147 cm x 61 cm x 38 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 400,000
HP + BP : Php 700,800
Provenance Ilocos, Pampanga or Cebu
This molave statue, based on his robes, is that of an unidentified saint of the Order of St. Augustine. He is depicted as a young man with a tonsured head and holding a staff, The image, carved from one piece of wood, is in excellent condition and, judging from the size of the statue, must have originally been part of the retablo of the main altar of a church in Ilocos, Pampanga or Cebu, the provinces administered by the Augustinians during the Spanish Colonial Period.
-Martin I. Tinio, Jr