Amber is an exotic and rare substance. Craftsmen from the Baltic coastline of Germany specialised in the carving and working of small, devotional figures such as these, which, by 1680, could be found all over Europe. These examples were purchased in Rome during the 5th Earl of Exeter’s visit there for the Jubilee celebration in 1700. St Peter is shown carrying the keys to Heaven, St Simon is shown with his attribute of a saw; a reference to his martyrdom by being sawn in half.
7.9cm high, on bases.