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Statues of Jesus

The representation of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity, has been an important component of Christian worship for more than two thousand years. In addition to icons and crucifixes, statues of Jesus have long been collected for private devotion and decorative purposes within the home.

The widespread production and use of Jesus statues began during the 18th century with the establishment of successful European porcelain factories. Meissen, Sevres, and Wedgwood quickly and efficiently produced thousands of figurines depicting Jesus in a variety of conventional poses, such as Christ with open arms, Christ blessing the people, Christ with the cross, and Christ preaching scripture. During the following centuries, artists experimented with different materials and created an even wider array of statues made of marble, bronze, wood, and clay.

Jesus statues are especially popular among Catholics, who often include them on personal altars or shrines. However, Christians from a wide variety of denominations collect and display figurines of Christ within their homes. Collectors admire these works for their delicacy and emotive qualities.


Quick Facts

  • Christ the Redeemer, a monumental Art Deco statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was built during the '20s and '30s using money from local donations
  • The depiction of Jesus in art varies according to region and cultural traditions. For example, European artists often depict Jesus as white, whereas Chinese artists sometimes depict Christ with Asian features
  • The conventional representation of Jesus with a full beard and long hair was established during the 6th century in the Eastern Orthodox Church

Recommended Items at Auction

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Continental Carved, Polychromed Plaque of Jesus
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
Continental Carved, Polychromed Plaque of Jesus
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $150- $250
$1001 Bid
ITALIAN SCHOOL 18TH/19TH CENTURY Ecce Homo Carrara marble bust, 63cm high
Jun 14, 11:00 AM IST
ITALIAN SCHOOL 18TH/19TH CENTURY Ecce Homo Carrara marble bust, 63cm high
by Adam's
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,0000 Bids
Corpus Christi.
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Corpus Christi.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €5,000- €7,500
€5,0000 Bids
Wooden Christ, XVIII century
Oct 08, 4:00 PM CEST
Wooden Christ, XVIII century
by ArtLaRosa
Est: €0- €0
€6000 Bids
Carved figure of Christ with Halo | Geschnitzte Figur Christus mit Heiligenschein
Oct 14, 4:00 PM CEST
Carved figure of Christ with Halo | Geschnitzte Figur Christus mit Heiligenschein
by Amadeus Auction
Est: €400- €500
€2400 Bids
gestoken houten Corpus Christi, circa 1900, h. 54 cm
Oct 06, 7:00 PM CEST
gestoken houten Corpus Christi, circa 1900, h. 54 cm
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
eiken corpus Christi, 19e eeuw, h. 25 cm
Oct 06, 7:00 PM CEST
eiken corpus Christi, 19e eeuw, h. 25 cm
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €50- €75
€500 Bids
Christ in Ivory, Italy or France 17th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Christ in Ivory, Italy or France 17th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,6000 Bids
Rare Christ in Ivory, Indo-Portuguese Work, 16th - 17th centuries, CITES attached
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Rare Christ in Ivory, Indo-Portuguese Work, 16th - 17th centuries, CITES attached
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €2,000- €2,250
€1,2000 Bids
Christ in Indo-Portuguese Ivory, 17th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Christ in Indo-Portuguese Ivory, 17th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,3000 Bids
Polychrome Portable Altar with Christ in Ivory, Spain, 16th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Polychrome Portable Altar with Christ in Ivory, Spain, 16th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €3,500- €4,500
€2,5000 Bids
Large Neapolitan Christ inside Painted Glass Urn, 17th - 18th centuries
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Large Neapolitan Christ inside Painted Glass Urn, 17th - 18th centuries
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €10,000- €12,000
€5,0000 Bids
Important Christ on Calvary in Hispano Flemish Ivory, 17th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Important Christ on Calvary in Hispano Flemish Ivory, 17th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,5000 Bids
Risen Christ, Spanish Plateresque school from the second half of the 16th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Risen Christ, Spanish Plateresque school from the second half of the 16th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €2,500- €2,750
€1,8000 Bids
Large Hispano Philippine Ivory Christ, 18th century, signed and dated 1744
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Large Hispano Philippine Ivory Christ, 18th century, signed and dated 1744
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €12,000- €15,000
€8,0000 Bids
ESCUELA ANDALUZA, S.XIX. NIÑO JESÚS.
Oct 11, 5:00 PM CEST
ESCUELA ANDALUZA, S.XIX. NIÑO JESÚS.
by Aletheia Subastas
Est: €1,200- €2,000
€1,2000 Bids
AFTER JEAN BULIO (1827-1911) BRONZE BUST OF CHRIST
Oct 16, 10:00 AM CDT
AFTER JEAN BULIO (1827-1911) BRONZE BUST OF CHRIST
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Spanish school; century XVIII. "Recumbent Christ". Polychrome terracotta. Has minor flaws.
Oct 13, 3:30 PM CEST
Spanish school; century XVIII. "Recumbent Christ". Polychrome terracotta. Has minor flaws.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €10,000- €12,000
€7,0000 Bids
A LARGE 17TH / 18TH CENTURY GERMAN CARVED WOOD CORPUS CHRISTI
Oct 20, 2:00 PM BST
A LARGE 17TH / 18TH CENTURY GERMAN CARVED WOOD CORPUS CHRISTI
by Curated Auctions
Est: £1,200- £1,800
£1,2000 Bids
Rare Hispano Philippine Ivory Christ, 16th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Rare Hispano Philippine Ivory Christ, 16th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €5,000- €6,000
€3,0000 Bids
Important Indo Portuguese Ivory Christ, 17th century
Oct 06, 5:30 PM CEST
Important Indo Portuguese Ivory Christ, 17th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €5,000- €6,000
€3,0000 Bids
Karl Hagenauer Wood & Bronze Jesus Sculptures, 2
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Karl Hagenauer Wood & Bronze Jesus Sculptures, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Statues of Jesus


Templum Fine Art Auctions

Templum Fine Art Auctions

Veilinghuis Loeckx

Veilinghuis Loeckx

Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery