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  • Carved Christian Gable

Wood
19th century

A section of the gable of a Christian home in Kerala, the motifs and the style of this carved wooden panel reflect an eclectic amalgamation of the local woodcarving traditions and European Christian imagery.

Heads of angels set amid outstretched wings protrude from both ends of the panel.The centre is marked by the figure of a flying dove representing the Holy Spirit. A band of medallions, each encasing a flower in bloom flanked by curling vines – Indian symbols of abundance and wellness cover the panel.In the central medallion, placed directly below the flying dove, the flower is replaced by the Cross, it’s presence as well as the dove and the angels serving both to proclaim the faith of the those who lived there as well as to consecrate the entrance and symbolically protect the site.

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