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19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - Praying Virgin Mary

Lot 0118A Details

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New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial style, ca. 19th century CE. A hand-carved wooden figure of the Virgin Mary, standing in a pious pose, with her hands pressed together in front of her chest. The figure has a tin halo and recent worshippers have placed a silver chain and a cross on a short brass chain around her neck and hands. She stands on a cloud above several angels, whose faces gaze up at her in adoration; this is a common depiction of Mary in santo carving. The cloud is atop a multi-tiered pedestal that appears to have been made around the same time but may not have been her original base. Size: 5.5" L x 5.75" W x 16.75" H (14 cm x 14.6 cm x 42.5 cm)

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, North Carolina, USA

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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#120698
Condition
Craquelure and areas of loss to the paint as shown. Crown has slight bending, with metal patina. Traces of wax to stabilize accessories. Some areas of overpainting. One of the angel faces is missing, and the others have been reattached.
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19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - Praying Virgin Mary

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000
Nov 21, 2017
Starting Price $900
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0118A: 19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - Praying Virgin Mary

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Est. $2,000 - $3,000Starting Price $900
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Lot 0118A Details

Description
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New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial style, ca. 19th century CE. A hand-carved wooden figure of the Virgin Mary, standing in a pious pose, with her hands pressed together in front of her chest. The figure has a tin halo and recent worshippers have placed a silver chain and a cross on a short brass chain around her neck and hands. She stands on a cloud above several angels, whose faces gaze up at her in adoration; this is a common depiction of Mary in santo carving. The cloud is atop a multi-tiered pedestal that appears to have been made around the same time but may not have been her original base. Size: 5.5" L x 5.75" W x 16.75" H (14 cm x 14.6 cm x 42.5 cm)

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, North Carolina, USA

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.

#120698
Condition
...
Craquelure and areas of loss to the paint as shown. Crown has slight bending, with metal patina. Traces of wax to stabilize accessories. Some areas of overpainting. One of the angel faces is missing, and the others have been reattached.

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