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19th C. Mexican Wood Santo of St. Michael the Archangel

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New World, Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A charming hand painted, carved wood santo depicting St. Michael the Archangel complete with tin sword and helmet and wood shield reading "Quien como Dios", a reference to St. Michael's role during the Second Coming of Christ. The santo stands atop a large, tiered-stand in a dynamic pose: sword raised, shield out, one leg forward, dressed in clothing that looks reminiscent of that of a Roman legionary. Size: 5.75" L x 6" W x 13.5" H (14.6 cm x 15.2 cm x 34.3 cm)

The figure has glass eyes and is painted in bright red and deep green, with silver- and gold-painted details. The tin helmet has applied flowers, giving it a whimsical look; the sword, meanwhile, is fearsome and curved. Large brown wings project from the angel's back.

Santos played an important role in bringing the Catholic Church to the New World with the Spanish colonists. These religious figures were hand-carved and often furnished with crowns, jewels, and other accessories, usually funded by religious devotees, and were used as icons to explain the major figures - Mary, Christ, and the saints - to new, indigenous converts. Likewise, they served as a connection to the Old World for Spanish colonists far from home. They became a folk art tradition in the Spanish New World, from modern day Guatemala to as far north as New Mexico and Colorado. Many of them were lovingly cared for over the years, with repairs and paint added as they aged, and played an active part for a long time in the religious life of their communities.



Provenance: Ex-Francis & Lilly Robicsek Collection, Charlotte, NC

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Craquelure to the paint, especially on the upper body, with patina over much of the surface and small areas of loss to the paint as shown. Traces of wax to stabilize accessories.
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19th C. Mexican Wood Santo of St. Michael the Archangel

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Mar 23, 2017
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Lot 0089 Details

Description
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New World, Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A charming hand painted, carved wood santo depicting St. Michael the Archangel complete with tin sword and helmet and wood shield reading "Quien como Dios", a reference to St. Michael's role during the Second Coming of Christ. The santo stands atop a large, tiered-stand in a dynamic pose: sword raised, shield out, one leg forward, dressed in clothing that looks reminiscent of that of a Roman legionary. Size: 5.75" L x 6" W x 13.5" H (14.6 cm x 15.2 cm x 34.3 cm)

The figure has glass eyes and is painted in bright red and deep green, with silver- and gold-painted details. The tin helmet has applied flowers, giving it a whimsical look; the sword, meanwhile, is fearsome and curved. Large brown wings project from the angel's back.

Santos played an important role in bringing the Catholic Church to the New World with the Spanish colonists. These religious figures were hand-carved and often furnished with crowns, jewels, and other accessories, usually funded by religious devotees, and were used as icons to explain the major figures - Mary, Christ, and the saints - to new, indigenous converts. Likewise, they served as a connection to the Old World for Spanish colonists far from home. They became a folk art tradition in the Spanish New World, from modern day Guatemala to as far north as New Mexico and Colorado. Many of them were lovingly cared for over the years, with repairs and paint added as they aged, and played an active part for a long time in the religious life of their communities.



Provenance: Ex-Francis & Lilly Robicsek Collection, Charlotte, NC

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#120418
Condition
...
Craquelure to the paint, especially on the upper body, with patina over much of the surface and small areas of loss to the paint as shown. Traces of wax to stabilize accessories.

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