An oak sculpture of Saint Martin of Tours

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46.5 x 35 x 12 cm

Saint Martin was the patron saint of the Dom tower in Utrecht. According to legend, as a Roman soldier he shared his cloak with a beggar, who later revealed himself in a vision as Christ, after which Martin converted to Christianity. 

Seated on his horse, that is moving to the left, the saint reaches over to the right to cut of a piece of his cloak with the now lost sword. The beggar is standing behind the horse and is already a holding the tail of the clock pulling it towards him to ease the process of cutting. 

Lit. Middeleeuwse beelden uit Utrecht 1430 - 1530, museum Catherijneconvent, p. 242.

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