This remarkable ivory represents Saint Michael slaying the demon. This episode illustrates the outcome of the fight against the Archangel with rebel angels as it is told in the Apocalypse of Saint John.
Perched on the demon's body, Michel, dressed in an Ancient breastplate and armed with a shield in his left hand, raises the opposite arm ready to strike.
The dynamism of this figure invites us to bring it closer to the Baroque creations of Southern Italy and Sicily at the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. The extreme refinement of this ivory with its detailed and meticulous sculpture is also reminiscent of the art of the "corallari" workshops of Trapani. Its style and the typology of its base allow us to bring together a group in ivory and carved coral representing the Flight into Egypt, made in Trapani at the beginning of the 18th century and put on sale at Christie's in 2015.
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