Figure of Virtue The carving on the left is a so-called figure of virtue, and the lady in the dress inspired by antiquity is no doubt a personification of the seven cardinal virtues. Her attribute, whereby a figure of virtue is usually identified, is unfortunetately broken off. It may have been a cross in which case it was the virtue “Belief”, or it may have been the handle of a weight, and in that case the virtue would have been “Justice”. The figure was found in a stack of firewood at Soenderskov in the nineteen sixties. Where the carving was placed originally is unknown, but perhaps it was mounted on a cupboard front like the one in the middle of the 17 th century painting below.
Temperance This carving, part of the gallery of Folding Church exhibited on the 3 rd floor, represents “Temperance”, one of the seven cardinal virtues. The carving is from around 1625, and probably paid for by Thomas Juel, the squire of Soenderskov at that time. Carvings of Virtues, around 1632 These carvings in Vejen Church, 10 kilometers from here, was donated by Manderup Abildgaard, the squire of Skodborghus. From the left: ”Wisdom”, “Justice (broken weight)” and “Faith (2 x)”.