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Antique Christ carving on display at city church

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for the faithful:The statue of Christ and St. Francis that will be on display at St. Anthony Friary church.
for the faithful:The statue of Christ and St. Francis that will be on display at St. Anthony Friary church.

An antique wooden carving of Christ and St. Francis, which is believed to be at least 450 years old, will be put up for public viewing from next week at the St. Anthony’s Friary church here in Koramangala.

Restoration artistes who have been working on the statue for weeks now say it was brought to Goa, presumably by a Portuguese missionary many centuries ago.

It remained at the seminary there for centuries, before it was moved to the St. Anthony’s Friary church seminary in Mumbai.

Restoration work

It was brought to Bangalore two years ago, but restoration work was completed only on Wednesday, said Joseph Kunnath, a conservation artiste.

The panel is a polychrome wooden carving with gold leaf work.

Mr. Kunnath said the wooden fresco work on it indicated that it was over four centuries old and was of distinctly Portuguese style.

The seminary may soon host a museum, he added, given that there are many other antique statues that are displayed in the large hall.

“The statue itself was damaged in many parts. It had quite a few cracks and dust had entered these crevices. The restoration work started with basic fumigation and then retouching using several techniques so as to retain the structure and original work on the piece,” he said.


  • Restoration artistes say the statue was brought to Goa by a Portuguese missionary

  • ‘The wooden fresco work on it indicates that it is over four centuries old’


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