Cherubic Angel Of Harmony
Wood Carving Of Cherubim Holding Shell Trumpet
This intricately carved statue of a small Cherub, makes its way all the way from the distant island of Java. This statuette portrays a cherubic angel with the sole mission of maintaining global harmony. He holds a shell trumpet in his delicate hands, as his delicate wings outstretch behind him. Hand Carved from fine suar wood, this master piece is crafted by renowned artist Wayan Rendah. This magnificent wood carving measures 12" wide x 10" high, and weighs approximately 4 lbs. The piece is polished to perfection and makes a wonderful Christian gift.
Biblical History Of The Cherubim
Descriptions in the Bible vary, but in general all describe cherubim
as winged creatures combining human and animal features. In the book of
Genesis cherubim are described as guarding the way to the Tree of Life,
east of the Garden of Eden armed with flaming swords (Genesis 3:24): "So
he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden
cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of
the tree of life."
Exodus 26:1 attests that cherubim were embroidered on the curtains of the tabernacle. In Solomon's Temple, two olivewood sculptures of cherubim plated with gold, ten cubits high, stood wingtip-to-wingtip guarding the Ark of the Covenant, and two further sculpted cherubim are described as standing on the cover of the Ark facing each other (Ex 25:18). The Ark of the Covenant stood in the Holy of Holies, where the glory of God was said to reside; for this reason God is referred to in the Tanakh as "God who dwells between the cherubim". These were probably hybrid winged figures of a type common in the symbolism of the region, e.g. those depicted in the Megiddo Ivories carrying the throne of a nameless Canaanite king.
At an earlier period, when Yahweh was still conceived as making physical appearances, the cherubim formed his living chariot, possibly identical with the storm-winds (Psalms xviii. 11; 2 Samuel xxii. 11): "And he rode upon a cherub and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind ".
Ezekiel documents a different version of cherubim, probably of popular origin. The cherubim in this tradition had each four faces— that of a lion, an ox, an eagle, and a man— and combined features of these four creatures, the stature and hands of a man and the two pairs of wings that identified deities, e.g. in contemporary Assyria. Christians will recognize these as the symbols of the four Evangelists. Two of the wings extended upward, meeting above and sustaining the throne of God; while the other two stretched downward and covered the creatures themselves. They never turned, but went "straight forward" as the wheels of the cherubic chariot, and they were full of eyes "like burning coals of fire" (Ezekiel i:5 - 28; ix:3, x; xi:22).
The conception of angels derived from Biblical descriptions is difficult to present as a visual image, and furthermore composite beings are largely alien to the central Greco-Roman tradition. (Contrast archaic and exotic beings like Harpy, Typhon, Centaur Gryphon etc.) Some art historians believe Christians adopted the image of the lovely winged dawn goddess Aurora (or Eos) to represent angels.
Cherubim, in particular, are frequently represented as infants (Italian putti) in Christian-inspired art, as can be seen in innumerable church frescoes and in the work Renaissance painters such as Raphael. The image was often reduced to the head and wings.