This beautiful statue of St. Anthony was delicately handcrafted by a family of artisans in the hills outside of Lucca, Italy. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), a disciple and friend of St. Francis of Assisi, became known as the finder of lost things because of a simple story from his life: a Franciscan novice took Anthony's Psalter without permission. Anthony prayed for its return. The novice had a frightening apparition and rushed to return the book. Many people view Anthony as the finder not only of lost articles but also of lost intangibles: he is invoked to return lost health, lost happiness, lost peace.... This lovely statue measures approximately 12 inches and would be a wonderful addition to any home, office, or parish.