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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Antique Carved and Painted Wood Santos Cage Doll
Feb 25, 10:00 AM PST
Antique Carved and Painted Wood Santos Cage Doll
by Hughes Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1203 Bids
Angel sculpture in gilded wood
Feb 28, 6:00 PM CET
Angel sculpture in gilded wood
by Unicart Auctions
Est: €600- €1,200
€4003 Bids
Vajrasattva Buddha
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CET
Vajrasattva Buddha
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€402 Bids
Carl Hallsthammar, Sacred Work
Feb 29, 11:00 AM CST
Carl Hallsthammar, Sacred Work
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$501 Bid
apple green jadeite carved Buddha w/ GIA report
Feb 26, 12:00 PM PST
apple green jadeite carved Buddha w/ GIA report
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Barock Putto
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CET
Barock Putto
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€301 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
DAVID NABOR LUCERO 'ST. DOMINIC' SANTOS FIGURE
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
DAVID NABOR LUCERO 'ST. DOMINIC' SANTOS FIGURE
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Carved Angel Head, and Altar Figure.
Feb 24, 10:30 AM PST
Carved Angel Head, and Altar Figure.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Madonna mit Kind
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CET
Madonna mit Kind
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€201 Bid
Madonna mit Kind
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CET
Madonna mit Kind
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
Madonna
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CET
Madonna
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€1001 Bid
Figur Heiliger Georg
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CET
Figur Heiliger Georg
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€201 Bid
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 06, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
Antieke houtsculptuur (onderdeel van een retabel) …
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Antieke houtsculptuur (onderdeel van een retabel) …
by DVC
Est: €0- €100
€101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Religious Sculptures


Setdart Auction House

Setdart Auction House

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Templum Fine Art Auctions

Templum Fine Art Auctions

Aste Boetto SRL

Aste Boetto SRL