Antique, 18th century, baroque, continental, finely carved wooden figure of Saint John of Nepomuk. The figure, dressed in a surplice and almuce, is polychromed and parcel-gilt with gold leaf, mounted on an elaborated plinth.
John Nepomuk (c. 1345 – 20 March 1393) was the saint of Bohemia (Czech Republic) who was drowned in the Vltava river at the behest of Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia. Later accounts state that he was the confessor of the queen of Bohemia and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. On the basis of this account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against calumnies and, because of the manner of his death, a protector from floods and drowning.
Burial: St Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
Height: 26 cm (10.3 inches).
Dimensions of the base: 12 cm x 7 cm (4.7 inches x 2.8 inches).