It looks like, as I stated earlier, that it is unlikely we are to agree on this. Indeed, although my French and Latin are not good, I did check on both listings for Anthony the Great to be recorded as Anthony the Hermit, and on official listings and historical documents, it does not occur. The Vatican listing of Saints do not record him as such, and in French the out of the Two common titles St Anthony of Egypt or St. Anthony the Great. The search engines for the French Language, are the same as for the English, so hit the same problem as I mentioned earlier.
Amazing, isn't it, that two people can enter the same search terms into the same search engines and come up with such vastly different results?
I suppose I'll just have to demonstrate for you, and anyone reading this thread, right here.
In French the most common title for him is actually St. Antoine le Grand de l’Egypte. Obviously, roughly translates as ‘St. Anthony the Great of Egypt, which encases both his primary titles, and doesn’t mention ‘Hermit’ at all.
I suppose I'll need to demonstrate that as well, for the edification of anyone else following the thread.
In addition, the focal book that was written in Latin and was used throughout by both Priests and Artisans to insure that a depiction of a particular Saint was correct, was of course the The GOLDEN LEGENDS, Compiled by Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, 1275 First Edition Published 1470, ENGLISHED by WILLIAM CAXTON, First Edition 1483. Here is clearly described as simply Anthony of Egypt.http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/vorag.html
IACOBUS DE VORAGINE
HISTORIA DE SANCTO ANTONIO Antonius cum XX esset annorum et audiret legi in ecclesia: "Si vis perfectus esse, vade et vende omnia, quae habes, et da pauperibus", omnia sua vendens, pauperibus erogavit et eremiticam vitam duxit.
The Golden Legend
The Life of Anthony of EgyptSaint Anthony was born in Egypt of good and religious father and mother, and when he was but twenty years old, he heard on a time in the church read in the gospel, that said: If thou wilt be perfect go sell all that thou hast and give it to poor men; and then according thereto he sold all that he had, and gave it to the poor people and became an hermit.
Nowhere in Voragine's text is Anthony "described as simply Anthony of Egypt." "Born in Egypt" and "became a hermit", otherwise known simply as "St. Anthony."
Even if for some reason, the local area of France also used the term ‘the Hermit’ to describe him, it is not the primary version of his name in French, Latin or English (that being ‘le Grand’), neither is it the secondary most common version of his name (that being ‘de l’Egypte’), in French, Latin or English, but it requires a believe that they used a local ‘Nick-name’ for him, that of ‘The Hermit’. As it really doesn’t appear in any of the official listings in Latin, French or English.
That's an assumption and a value judgment on your part, and I'm prepared to spend a good deal of time today demonstrating that your judgment is false, and perhaps motivated by the need to preserve your "theory."
Even if we accept that this is local phrase used, it still does not explain the other discrepancies of the statue. The details of icons and statues are important in Church imagery, as we have both agreed. St. Anthony of Padua will always be seen carrying a Lily, not a rose, pansy, buttercup or coconut. That is because it is his symbol, and it is there so he can be identified. St. Christopher is seen carrying Christ, not a rubber ring, a plank or his shopping. (Sorry, I am not being sarcastic, just the idea sounded humorous in my head). As such, St. Anthony the Great is NOT depicted without a ‘T’ being seen on him somewhere, either on his shoulder, or commonly on the tip of his staff. Yet, I cannot see it. But, as mentioned, I haven’t visited, so it may be just out of view (again not being sarcastic). But we do have a staff, which does not represent the iconic staff that is identified with St. Anthony the Great, which is a staff topped with a ‘T’ or ‘Crucifix’ (the later because the Egyptian Church believed Christ was crucified on a T shaped cross). All we have to really identify him as St. Anthony the Great is the pig at the bottom, and a belief in that, for some reason, Sauniere decided not to describe him as ‘the Great’ or ‘of Egypt’, but by a name not mentioned in Latin or the Catholic Listings.
I just posted a whole slew of images that prove, once again, you're out of your depth on this one and struggling to preserve your theory. I can go on all day if needed.