Beautiful angel figurine, with one arm she’s holding a butterfly bowl with a bird on top, from cast iron, with dark pink patina.
Signed with "S" on the bottom of the bowl, see detailed pictures.
Meaning of the figure / representation:
After death of a human being, a arduous journey begins for his soul – as taught by mythology, popular belief and religion.
In ancient mythology, it was a journey with many stations. It served the purpose of purification, punishment or reward, in short: preparation for a new existence. The Christian religion countered this with the purposeful belief in the final word by the Last Judgment. On its dangerous "ascension to heaven", the soul needed protective companions: the angels. The fact that the soul flies is documented by a view into Christian iconography. The soul was mostly depicted on their flight as a small human being with wings and carried by angels.
In monotheistic religions, angels are mediators between God and men. They are messengers, guardians or guardian angels. The "Lexicon of Christian Iconography" describes them as "beings created by God in non-body-bound spirituality". In the visual arts they appeared already in early Christian times, initially wingless and male. Later, they were depicted with wings and as mostly youthful beings. In the Renaissance, the ancient putto – little boy – became an angelic figure, and in the following centuries appeared with wings, often naked or only lightly clothed, as "children's angels" on tombs. Angels and putti formed a sepulchral tradition that did not lose its appeal in the following centuries, from the Baroque to the bourgeois age.
However, the environment changed in modern times. In the old-faith-medieval, i.e. Catholic world, death had not yet appeared as a relentless, irreversible border between this world and the hereafter. This had allowed posthumous care of the living for the deceased and produced a rich symbolism of the way to the hereafter. Protestantism, on the other hand, denied the comforting idea of a peace of mind that was reached in retrospect – and thus created a kind of vacuum. For the sepulchral symbolism that then unfolded in the bourgeois age, it was of great importance that at the end of the 18th century, a new picture of death ran its course. It was the sublimated image of a "gentle" death. It showed death as a dying life, a gentle dozing off and slipping over. The butterfly has become one of the typical symbols for soul flight and path to the afterlife, alongside the angels. In antiquity, a symbol of the soul surviving physical death (Greek "psyche" = soul), he had survived into modern times as a sign of resurrection and immortality.
Weighs approx. 3 kg.
Bottom diameter: approx. 9 cm
Approx. 44 cm high 21 x 18 (width and depth)
- Engel figuur, Figuur/beeld
- IJzer (gegoten/gesmeed)
- Geschatte periode
- Eerste helft 20e eeuw
- Land van herkomst
- Goede staat - gebruikt met kleine tekenen van ouderdom en vlekjes
- 21×44×18 cm
- 3000 g