A wonderful 17th Century gilt-wood carving of classical cigure wearing a toga, with a wax seal to the back, 17½ ins (45 cms) in height. This is an exceptional item with wonderful carving, some very old worm holes and there’s also the loss of a hand and finger on the other hand. This all adds to it’s mystique and the sculptural beauty of this relic of a bygone era.
On the base, a rectangular patch of dark faded baize, covering a flat piece of wood previously added one presumes to give it stability. It sits flush to the wall and the gilt is worn yet has a lustre of age. The word toga derives from the Latin word ‘tegere’ meaning to cover. It was a loose outer garment without sleeves and the gentleman we see here is perhaps more likely a Roman emperor than an ecclesiastical figure.