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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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Buddha Figurines
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Buddha Figurines
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$264 Bids
A carved wooden Buddha statue (H:43-L:32cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
A carved wooden Buddha statue (H:43-L:32cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD403 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 05, 3:00 PM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €500- €550
€5503 Bids
An Italian religious figure (H:20cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
An Italian religious figure (H:20cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD152 Bids
A revolving Buddha figurine with another example (H:9.5cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
A revolving Buddha figurine with another example (H:9.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD202 Bids
Santo António com o Menino Jesus, escultura em barro do séc. XVIII Alt. escultura aprox.: 37 cm
Mar 11, 7:00 PM WET
Santo António com o Menino Jesus, escultura em barro do séc. XVIII Alt. escultura aprox.: 37 cm
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €300- €600
€3002 Bids
18TH C RHENISH CARVED OAK MADONNA
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
18TH C RHENISH CARVED OAK MADONNA
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1202 Bids
A vintage carved timber Jesus and, Mary and Joseph (H:19cm) together with an Icon
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
A vintage carved timber Jesus and, Mary and Joseph (H:19cm) together with an Icon
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD202 Bids
Gothic Style Carved Oak Figure Bishop with Crozier
Mar 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Gothic Style Carved Oak Figure Bishop with Crozier
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $100- $15,000
$1202 Bids
Antique Santos Figure of St. Michael
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Santos Figure of St. Michael
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 06, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
FIVE OLD ITALIAN SANTOS HANDS.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
FIVE OLD ITALIAN SANTOS HANDS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Four Articulated Wooden Santos Figures
Mar 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Four Articulated Wooden Santos Figures
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $600- $900
$4001 Bid
Figura di Santo con cherubini - Figure of a Saint with cherubs
Mar 13, 6:30 PM CET
Figura di Santo con cherubini - Figure of a Saint with cherubs
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€8001 Bid
Cast Brass Figure of Maya Devi, the Mother of Buddha. In traditional pose on a lotus stand. (H54cm)
Mar 10, 11:00 AM AEDT
Cast Brass Figure of Maya Devi, the Mother of Buddha. In traditional pose on a lotus stand. (H54cm)
by Davidson Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1901 Bid
Two Pale Yellow Resin Buddha Figures
Mar 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Two Pale Yellow Resin Buddha Figures
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD201 Bid
Lot of Two Antique Santos Figures
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Lot of Two Antique Santos Figures
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Four mother of pearl baptismal shells intricately carved
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
Four mother of pearl baptismal shells intricately carved
by Martel Maides
Est: £80- £120
£701 Bid
A pottery Buddha head statue (H:26.5cm)
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
A pottery Buddha head statue (H:26.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD151 Bid
HEILIGEN- / APOSTELFIGUR Wohl Flandern, 17. Jh.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CET
HEILIGEN- / APOSTELFIGUR Wohl Flandern, 17. Jh.
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €390- €780
€3901 Bid
JESUS AT THE WELL FIGURINE
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
JESUS AT THE WELL FIGURINE
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$31 Bid
Antique Continental Christo Morto carving
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Continental Christo Morto carving
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $80- $125
$401 Bid
CARVED SANTOS.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
CARVED SANTOS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Religious Sculptures


Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Aste Boetto SRL

Aste Boetto SRL

Galleria Sarno

Galleria Sarno

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures