Saint Francis MEDIUM 15'. Hand Carved Handmade and painted by Guatemalan Artist. Collaboration Fair Trade Group from Guatemala

$64.00

Born in Italy circa 1181, St. Francis of Assisi was renowned for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned for ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison—awaiting his father's payment—and, according to legend, began receiving visions from God. After his release from prison, Francis heard the voice of Christ, who told him to repair the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. Consequently, he abandoned his life of luxury and became a devotee of the faith, his reputation spreading all over the Christian world. Later in life, Francis reportedly received a vision that left him with the stigmata of Christ—marks resembling the wounds Jesus Christ suffered when he was crucified—making Francis the first person to receive such holy wounds. He was canonized as a saint on July 16, 1228. During his life he also developed a deep love of nature and animals and is known as the patron saint of the environment and animals; his life and words have had a lasting resonance with millions of followers across the globe. Each October, many animals the world over are blessed on his feast day.

This is a collaboration with Guatemalan artisans cooperative groups, small family businesses, and their own fair trade workshop. They are committed to creating innovative products that support indigenous communities and the environment. This group of artist are offering long term fair wage employment, support education, family nutrition, environmental education and reforestation programs.

This piece is a Wood Angel unique colors and expression. Hand painted, Unique piece, hand carved.


Dimensions:
Height: 15'aprox
Width: 5' aprox

The pieces are handmade and hand painted. Colors may vary between one piece and another, even if it is the same figure.

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