This middle 1700’s northern Italian hand carved wooden boy putto is the picture of robust, plump good health with dimples, a shock of golden blonde hair and rosey cheeks. Measuring 12 1/2″ tall x 6″ wide on his 1 3/4″ tall x 4 1/4″ fauz marble painted base, the artist has chosen a dynamic contraposto pose with one foot elevated and resting on a human skull. The tradition of putti/young children being juxtaposed with human skulls as a reminder of the sin of vanity or the inevitability of death is a rich one reaching its peak in paintings and sculpture in northern Italy and the low countries in the middle 1600’s-middle 1700’s. This little fellow with wonderfully preserved original polychrome (stable) dates from the latter peiod and is filled with life despite his choice of foot rest. The elbow joint of his proper right arm is loose with old glue residue and will need a drop of glue when you receive him… Although the arm stays in place just as is. You will note several missing fingers or parts of fingers and notable, but not objectionable wear from age. The base may not be original… But is at least 150 years old judging by the quality of finish and the natural shrinkage in the wood. The item “Antique 18th Century Baroque Carved Wood Putto Cherub Memento Mori Human SKULL” is in sale since Monday, April 5, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Christianity\Statues & Figures”. The seller is “hank503″ and is located in Huntington, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Ukraine, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.
- Handmade: Yes
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Italy
- Figure: Cherub
- Material: Wood
- Religion: Christianity