Antique Wood Trio of 3 Apostles, Bolivia (2035UCKE) $1450


Tallest H: 11″  W: 5.5″  D: 3.5″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

Well-carved with expressive and spiritual bearings, these 3 1 9th century rare small antique wood Apostles have eyes with inset glass, painted lashes, and well-articulated facial features . The crack lines on each side of their faces indicate the process by which the eyes were inset in front of the faces.  All are seated, bearded and wear similar robes, although the garments are in different vibrant color combinations, the hand positions are varied and the body postures diverge slightly. Each is mounted on a two-tiered wood base, elevated at different heights.



These antique wood carvings were probably on a side altar in a Bolivian Roman Catholic church and are 3 remaining images of a complete presentation of the Twelve Apostles that have been refitted on individual handcrafted bases. Although Apostles have traditionally been portrayed on the walls or entrance doors to Catholic churches, there are no canon that associate hand gestures with specific Apostles. They can be identified by their symbols, but, as none of these is presented with a symbol, their identities are unclear. The Apostles are the 12 disciples chosen by Jesus Christ to continually attend him, receive his special teaching and training and spread the message of Christianity. According to, “Catholics use statues, paintings, and other artistic devices to recall the person or thing depicted. Just as it helps to remember one’s mother by looking at her photograph, so it helps to recall the example of the saints by looking at pictures of them. Catholics also use statues as teaching tools.” They are part of the VA Spiritual-and-Inspirational Collection of Christian-Art.

Additional information

Place of Origin

The Americas


Antique (1200-1920)


18-19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 11” W: 5.5” D: 3.5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 27.92cm W: 13.97cm D: 8.89cm


4 lbs


Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use

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