Rare half-relief carved from limewood depicting Saint-Michel and Saint-Georges slaying the dragon, in a finely depicted Gothic architectural setting with twisted columns.
These two Sauroctonic saints are, along with Saint Martha and Saint Margaret, the best-known in Christian iconography. For the faithful, they represent the victory of Christianity over ancient Roman, Celtic and Germanic pagan beliefs. These saints overcome absolute evil, personified by a dragon. As well as fighting the devil (who replaced the dragon from the 18th century onwards), these saints also fought against natural forces (floods, storms).
Many traces of polychromy. Very fine quality.
Germany, Suabia, spätgotik, circa 1500.