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Kind of has the bishop look from many statues I saw overseas.The top does look like it is a grip
I guess long ago the tables were so large that they had big chess pieces?
I agree. A druid or some other religious figure.
Bought it at a flea market. Shelf sitter. Afraid I'd never see it again if I put it in my booth.
I'm thinking garden sprite. Chess in the garden. Sure is cool!
Thanks Jackie. See above reply.
I thought immediately that it was one of the three wise men/kings? (-not like I know much about that stuff, but that was my initial reaction.) -very cool piece!
Never crossed my mind Bea. Wonder when they started the tradition of nativities?
Yes I agree - the king by the look of it.
I hoped that my British friends would know Pat.
At first I thought a wedding gown..and then I saw the face..and hat..so yes a bishop of sorts?Neat..you find the neatest things.
Shelf sitters Monique. I'd put it in my booth, but would never see it again. :( If you only knew the things I've purchased. I'd be a wealthy woman if I had all the money spent.
I am a nut..it would be in my garden:) Amidst something regal ♥
I thought about that, but I don't know if it has been 'baked' or would melt into oblivion.
I can't imagine what it could be, where do you find it? Sarah x
At an antiques show. They didn't know what it was either. I like all things old and at the time, it spoke to me.
I like his face. Wisdom - and mystery.
It is a mystery because I just googled antique chess pieces and didn't see one like it.
Looks a lot like St. Romulus of Genoa (? – 641) Romulus was an early Bishop of Genoa, around the time of Saint Syrus. His dates are uncertain: since traditional lists compiled from local liturgies generally place his bishopric fourth in a largely legendary list. He fled from Genoa and never returned. He died in the cave he inhabited at Villa Matutiæ, a town on the Italian Riviera which later adopted his name, becoming "San Remo" (from 15th century until the first half of the 20th century), and then later Sanremo.
OMG Jo, I'll have to look up Italian pieces. I was only looking at English things.
Well, it looks like a bishop to me.
I never played chess in my life. Kind of wish I'd have learned long ago.
Hmmmmm.....I would say a Wise Man.... But, I love him! Such a wise, yet unassuming face. It could be so many things and that is what I like best.
Just wish I knew the provenance.
It looks like a Russian Orthodox priest to me - maybe a Patriarch? As to the use - does it have to have one?
I was thinking the same thing last night Tom. He does look just like one. Maybe even an orthodox Greek priest. I don't have to know what it is, just would like to know. It might be worth a million billion dollars.
I don't think it was a chess piece. definitely some sort of religious icon. people just had those things sitting around. sort of like having a picture of Jesus hanging on your wall.
Have a great Wednesday, Donna.
You too Sandra.
Donna, I am so far behind on my blog visiting. Perhaps under the influence of recent news watching here, I'd guess that the pottery figure has Eastern Orthodox church connections...possibly even...Russian.xo
I think you're right Frances. And, I am watching Anderson Cooper as I am typing. Crazy is the new normal. I always wondered how the younger generation was going to manage. Sad thing is, it is our generation in deep now. I guess dementia has set in cause Lyin' Donald can't keep his stories straight. I guess next he's going to call them fake lies.
Definitely a Druid. Ok it's on my mind as I just read a Bernard Cornwell book titled Stonhenge...:)
That is good to know. I still think it is a chess piece.
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