This magnificent stone head with its ancient polychrome decoration of Jacques le Majeur as a pilgrim was made in Burgundy in the second half of the 15th century.
The face with serious features and marked wrinkles, surrounded by graying hair and beard, Santiago is represented as a majestic man of mature age. He wears a headgear with wide raised edges on his head and a scallop shell, his main attribute. All these iconographic elements make it possible to identify the apostle of Christ.
Jacques of Zébédée went to Spain when the latter died. Accompanied by some disciples, he committed himself to professing and evangelizing the Spanish territory for four years. However, in the 13th century, a new piety was conferred on the saints. This change is marked by a multiplication of pilgrimages that aimed to get closer to the relics of these characters scattered in different places. As the patron saint of pilgrims, the tomb of Santiago in Compostela therefore became an essential place of Saint in the Catholic religion and the holy figure also became a reference model. Our sculpture bears witness to this devotion to this major saint and his use as an iconographic figure in 15th century plastic production.
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