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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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53in Our Lady Of Guadalupe Figure
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53in Our Lady Of Guadalupe Figure
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$15016 Bids
Aloïs De Beule (1861-1935), two patinated terracotta and one plaster study for a public monument, H 33 - 39 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Aloïs De Beule (1861-1935), two patinated terracotta and one plaster study for a public monument, H 33 - 39 cm
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Est: €400- €800
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A terracotta sculpture of Ecce Homo, 18thC, H 60 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A terracotta sculpture of Ecce Homo, 18thC, H 60 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €500
€2,2009 Bids
A polychrome plaster sculpture of the Madonna in devotion, 19th/20thC, H 113 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A polychrome plaster sculpture of the Madonna in devotion, 19th/20thC, H 113 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €500
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A large Gothic Revival wooden sculpture of Saint Joseph with the Holy child, late 19thC, H 118 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A large Gothic Revival wooden sculpture of Saint Joseph with the Holy child, late 19thC, H 118 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €400
€2605 Bids
Fifteen Carved and Polychromed Santos Figures
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
Fifteen Carved and Polychromed Santos Figures
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $200- $300
$2254 Bids
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MADONNA & CHILD SATUE (APPROX 33CM TALL)
Oct 06, 9:00 AM AEST
MADONNA & CHILD SATUE (APPROX 33CM TALL)
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD904 Bids
Resin Statue Of Archangel Saint Michael
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Resin Statue Of Archangel Saint Michael
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
SIX CARVED SANTO FIGURES
Oct 06, 9:00 AM PDT
SIX CARVED SANTO FIGURES
by Abell Auction
Est: $200- $300
$2253 Bids
Saint Michael The Archangel Resin Sculpture
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Saint Michael The Archangel Resin Sculpture
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
A Spanish polychrome limewood Madonna and Child, 18thC, H 53 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A Spanish polychrome limewood Madonna and Child, 18thC, H 53 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €500
€4002 Bids
SALVADOR DALI SILVER
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
SALVADOR DALI SILVER
by Withington Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,2002 Bids
CARVED & PAINTED WOOD SANTO FIGURE
Oct 06, 9:00 AM PDT
CARVED & PAINTED WOOD SANTO FIGURE
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$752 Bids
Continental Carved and Polychromed Santos Figure
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
Continental Carved and Polychromed Santos Figure
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
Paul Gasq (1860-1944), the blessing of Christ, patinated bronze on a vert de mer marble, H 32 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Paul Gasq (1860-1944), the blessing of Christ, patinated bronze on a vert de mer marble, H 32 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1401 Bid
Carved Wood and Plaster Head Santos Bust Sculpture
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Carved Wood and Plaster Head Santos Bust Sculpture
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $50- $150
$301 Bid
A polychrome limewood Madonna and Child, 17th/18thC, H 49 cm
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
A polychrome limewood Madonna and Child, 17th/18thC, H 49 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €300- €500
€2001 Bid
Baroque Carved Wood Angel Sculptures, Pr
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Baroque Carved Wood Angel Sculptures, Pr
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$3001 Bid
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GREEK ATHOS DIPTYCH WITH MINIATURE CARVING SHOWING THE ENTHRONED CHRIST AND MOTHER OF GOD AND SAINTS
Oct 29, 1:00 PM CEST
GREEK ATHOS DIPTYCH WITH MINIATURE CARVING SHOWING THE ENTHRONED CHRIST AND MOTHER OF GOD AND SAINTS
by Galerie Moenius
Est: CHF300- CHF600
CHF3001 Bid
HAGENAUER MARY MADONNA BRONZE FIGURE MADE IN AUSTRIA
Oct 11, 10:00 AM EDT
HAGENAUER MARY MADONNA BRONZE FIGURE MADE IN AUSTRIA
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $100- $140
$701 Bid
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16 SANDSTONE CARVED BUDDAH HEAD
Oct 09, 12:00 PM CDT
16 SANDSTONE CARVED BUDDAH HEAD
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Sculpture in polychrome wood 'evangelist' (h85cm)…
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Sculpture in polychrome wood 'evangelist' (h85cm)…
by Veilinghuis Loeckx
Est: €500- €800
€5001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Religious Sculptures


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Lewis & Maese Auction Company

Lewis & Maese Auction Company

Setdart Auction House

Setdart Auction House

Aletheia Subastas

Aletheia Subastas