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

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

Lot 0265 Details

Description
New World, Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A carved and hand-painted wooden santo of St. Michael the Archangel standing with his sword raised above his head. He holds a repousse silver shield and has repousse silver wings. A worshipper has placed a silver medallion of Mary on a silver chain around his neck. Size: 4.5" L x 6" W x 14.5" H (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm x 36.8 cm)

This figure conveys the holy nature of the saint, portraying him as calm even in the moment of battle, with a serene face that belies his raised sword and shield.

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.

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#120421
Condition
Small areas of craquelure and losses to paint as shown, especially around the waist and on one knee.
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19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - St. Michael the Archangel

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000
Jun 29, 2017
Starting Price $900
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0265: 19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - St. Michael the Archangel

Sold for $950
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Est. $2,000 - $3,000Starting Price $900
DAY 2: Pre-Columbian, Tribal, Colonial Art
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 10:00 AM
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Lot 0265 Details

Description
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New World, Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A carved and hand-painted wooden santo of St. Michael the Archangel standing with his sword raised above his head. He holds a repousse silver shield and has repousse silver wings. A worshipper has placed a silver medallion of Mary on a silver chain around his neck. Size: 4.5" L x 6" W x 14.5" H (11.4 cm x 15.2 cm x 36.8 cm)

This figure conveys the holy nature of the saint, portraying him as calm even in the moment of battle, with a serene face that belies his raised sword and shield.

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.

#120421
Condition
...
Small areas of craquelure and losses to paint as shown, especially around the waist and on one knee.

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