Statues - Hither & Thither

Germany
Bernkastel-Kues
Lkr. Bernkastel-Wittlich

Rheinland-Pfalz

Alter Graacher Weg
(Graacher Tor)

Sankt Michael

Saint Michael

Archangel, the field commander of the Army of God. He is often depicted slaying Satan represented as a dragon, and with a shield with text quis ut deus (Who is like God?, a literal translation of the name Michael).
(Wikipedia)

20th century copy

Bernkastel-Kues /  Sankt Michael   Bernkastel-Kues /  Sankt Michael

Description

Polychrome stone statue in a niche above the town gate. On his shield the text Quis ut Deus, Latin for "Who is like God?", a literal translation of the name Michael (Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל‎, transliterated Micha'el or Mîkhā'ēl).

Inscription(s)

St. Michael

Annotation

The original statue is in the Diözesanenmuseum in Trier.

Saint Michael and the dragon

The motif of Michael and the dragon appears in Michael's fight with Samael in the Assumption of Moses, a Jewish apocryphal work.
The characteristic difference with the other dragonslayer saint George is that Michael as an angel is always depicted with wings.

Sources & Information

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Location (N 49°55'1" - E 7°4'32")

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Item Code: derp142; Photograph: 20 April 2012
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