Religious Sculptures

Religion has been a popular sculptural theme for millennia due to the fact that sculpture has played an integral role in many religious devotions. Buddhism, for example, brought religious sculpture figures to East Asia, where there was no earlier comparable tradition. In the 10th century, the Christian Church initiated a Church-building program, creating a demand for Christian Romanesque sculpture that is still a staple of Christianity.

Since antiquity, portable sculpture was among the most common type of religious art and remains a popular theme today. An exception to this can be seen in Judaism's and Islam's practice of Aniconism, the ban of religious sculpture or other forms of art, which led to the destruction and condemning of religious sculpture. Today, religious art, including sculpture, is a popular genre at auctions.


Quick Facts

  • No one is certain when the first religious art was made. The earliest known variations of religious art appear to have begun during the Neolithic era
  • "Standing Bishop Saint," a late 14th century Italian sculpture carved from wood, sold at Sotheby's London in July 2013 for $104,500
  • Early forms of Christianity and Buddhism did not accept large religious sculptures, but later reversed views. Large sculptures became an important component of worship in both religions

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WOOD BUDDHA
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
WOOD BUDDHA
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$44 Bids
Vintage Stone Buddha Sculpture
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Stone Buddha Sculpture
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $20- $200
$503 Bids
Small Panamanian Gold Eagle Shaman Pectoral
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Small Panamanian Gold Eagle Shaman Pectoral
by Revere Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,0002 Bids
Grp: 2 Retablos of Virgin of Guadalupe
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
Grp: 2 Retablos of Virgin of Guadalupe
by Revere Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$1601 Bid
Madonna with baby Jesus, South German, 18th century
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Madonna with baby Jesus, South German, 18th century
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €150- €300
€1201 Bid
Hand Carved Artist Signed 4 Faces of Buddha Wood Carving
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Hand Carved Artist Signed 4 Faces of Buddha Wood Carving
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Vintage Carved Wooden Seated Buddha Sculpture
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Carved Wooden Seated Buddha Sculpture
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $200
$11 Bid
19TH CENTURY BRONZE SINO-TIBETAN BUDDHA
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
19TH CENTURY BRONZE SINO-TIBETAN BUDDHA
by Burchard Galleries Inc
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
LARGE EXQUISITE WOOD CARVING OF SAINT PETER
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
LARGE EXQUISITE WOOD CARVING OF SAINT PETER
by Burchard Galleries Inc
Est: $800- $1,200
$2501 Bid
A Bas Relief Depicting Sta. Rita
Oct 17, 11:00 AM PST
A Bas Relief Depicting Sta. Rita
by Leon Gallery
Est: ₱10,000- ₱13,000
₱10,0001 Bid
17th c. European Bronze Plaque
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
17th c. European Bronze Plaque
by Revere Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$201 Bid
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2 Religious Wall Sculptures
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Religious Wall Sculptures
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $200
$351 Bid
Two Buddhas a Laughing Buddha Seated and a Standing Buddha
Nov 13, 2:00 PM AEDT
Two Buddhas a Laughing Buddha Seated and a Standing Buddha
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
French/Flemish School - Saint Sebastian
Oct 23, 1:00 PM CEST
French/Flemish School - Saint Sebastian
by De Vuyst
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,8000 Bids
FIGURA DI SANTO - FIGURE OF SAINT
Oct 22, 6:30 PM CEST
FIGURA DI SANTO - FIGURE OF SAINT
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €200- €300
€1200 Bids
FIGURE DI SANTI - SAINTS
Oct 22, 6:30 PM CEST
FIGURE DI SANTI - SAINTS
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €600- €800
€4000 Bids
Holzskulptur Evangelist um 1800
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Holzskulptur Evangelist um 1800
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €300- €350
€900 Bids
Holzgruppe thronende Madonna mit Kind und Bibel, wohl Österreich-Ungarn um 1800
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Holzgruppe thronende Madonna mit Kind und Bibel, wohl Österreich-Ungarn um 1800
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €600- €700
€1200 Bids
Holzgruppe Gnadenstuhl, wohl Österreich, 18./ 19. Jh.
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Holzgruppe Gnadenstuhl, wohl Österreich, 18./ 19. Jh.
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €500- €600
€1200 Bids
Zwei Holzskulpturen Madonnen, Monogrammist F.D. um 1920
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CEST
Zwei Holzskulpturen Madonnen, Monogrammist F.D. um 1920
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €500- €600
€900 Bids
Paar figürliche Leuchter, Fackel haltende Engel, Holz, spätes 18. Jh. / um 1800
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Paar figürliche Leuchter, Fackel haltende Engel, Holz, spätes 18. Jh. / um 1800
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €1,000- €1,200
€2800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Religious Sculptures


Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Renascimento

Renascimento

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl