This small porcelain sculpture represents a gaunt, sinewy bearded figure, who is naked except for a loincloth. With his right knee wedged in a stump, his torso contracts with an inner tension as he pounds his chest with stones in an act of penitence. At his feet sits a lion.
This ascetic figure represents St. Jerome striking his exposed chest with rocks in an act of penance. According to legend the lion at his feet became Jerome’s companion after he had extracted a thorn from its paw.