Saint John of Nepomuk (1345-93) was a Canon of Prague Cathedral. He was killed by King Wenceslas IV of Bohemia for refusing to divulge the Queen’s confession. Although he was not canonised until 1729, he had by then already attracted a cult following. This small sculpture would have been used for private devotion at home rather than in a public setting, and its flat back means that it would have fitted into a niche.
Circle of Christian Jorhan the Elder St John Nepomuk About 1770 © Compton Verney