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19th C. Mexican Tin Retablo - El Nino de Atocha

Lot 0121 Details

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Latin America, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A finely painted retablo on heavy gauge tin depicting the Christ Child as El Nino de Atocha. The tradition of the child may be traced back to Atocha, a suburb of Madrid, following the Moors' invasion, where pious prisoners were said to have been visited and nourished by a young boy dressed as a wandering pilgrim. Because of the miraculous nature of the child's appearance and bountiful offerings, it is accepted that he was a manifestation of the Child Jesus. He is shown in his traditional capelet and brimmed hat, rays and stars surrounding his visage, with a traveler's staff in his left hand and a basket of bread in his right - flanked by two vases of roses - the entire scene framed by drawn curtains, this being a sign of Baroque influence. Size: 13.75" L x 9.75" W (34.9 cm x 24.8 cm)

El Nino de Atocha is one of the most popular subjects in Mexican retablo art. The child is known as the patron saint for freeing prisoners, believed to perform miracles for travelers and anyone in danger. According to popular legend, after the Moors invaded the town of Atocha, there was a prison occupied by Christians who lacked food and water and other fundamental necessities. The only visitors permitted were missionary children. However, one day after family members prayed, a child dressed as a pilgrim, carrying a basket, a staff and a gourd of water arrived. Miraculously, after serving every prisoner, his basket and gourd remained full. For this reason, the miraculous visitation was believed to be from the Infant Jesus.

Provenance: ex-Kurquhill's Gallery, El Paso, Texas, USA; ex-private El Paso, Texas, USA collection, acquired early to mid 1970s

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#127711
Condition
Some bending to upper left. Outline at perimeter presumably from former framing. Minor surface wear with slight losses to paint here and there.
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19th C. Mexican Tin Retablo - El Nino de Atocha

Estimate $500 - $800
Nov 21, 2017
Starting Price $350
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0121: 19th C. Mexican Tin Retablo - El Nino de Atocha

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Est. $500 - $800Starting Price $350
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Lot 0121 Details

Description
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Latin America, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A finely painted retablo on heavy gauge tin depicting the Christ Child as El Nino de Atocha. The tradition of the child may be traced back to Atocha, a suburb of Madrid, following the Moors' invasion, where pious prisoners were said to have been visited and nourished by a young boy dressed as a wandering pilgrim. Because of the miraculous nature of the child's appearance and bountiful offerings, it is accepted that he was a manifestation of the Child Jesus. He is shown in his traditional capelet and brimmed hat, rays and stars surrounding his visage, with a traveler's staff in his left hand and a basket of bread in his right - flanked by two vases of roses - the entire scene framed by drawn curtains, this being a sign of Baroque influence. Size: 13.75" L x 9.75" W (34.9 cm x 24.8 cm)

El Nino de Atocha is one of the most popular subjects in Mexican retablo art. The child is known as the patron saint for freeing prisoners, believed to perform miracles for travelers and anyone in danger. According to popular legend, after the Moors invaded the town of Atocha, there was a prison occupied by Christians who lacked food and water and other fundamental necessities. The only visitors permitted were missionary children. However, one day after family members prayed, a child dressed as a pilgrim, carrying a basket, a staff and a gourd of water arrived. Miraculously, after serving every prisoner, his basket and gourd remained full. For this reason, the miraculous visitation was believed to be from the Infant Jesus.

Provenance: ex-Kurquhill's Gallery, El Paso, Texas, USA; ex-private El Paso, Texas, USA collection, acquired early to mid 1970s

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.

#127711
Condition
...
Some bending to upper left. Outline at perimeter presumably from former framing. Minor surface wear with slight losses to paint here and there.

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