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Early 19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - Woman of Apocalypse
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New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial Period, ca. early 19th century CE. A carved wooden statue of a dynamically posed Madonna standing atop a pedestal composed of clouds with angelic faces peeking out from them, looking upward at Her. Below that is a large, upturned crescent moon, nailed to the integrated base. She stands with her hands together, her head slightly turned, and she wears long, flowing robes, lovingly carved. These are white, pink, and dark blue. Her face is serious, with glass eyes and much of the paint worn from devotion. A recent worshipper has placed a small wooden cross on a metal chain around one hand. An early example. Size: 8.5" L x 10" W x 23.5" H (21.6 cm x 25.4 cm x 59.7 cm)

This particular depiction of the Virgin Mary is sometimes known as the Woman of the Apocalypse and is recognized in many time periods and cultures, especially as part of the Catholic tradition of Marian veneration. It comes from Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation, which describes, "a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars" (12:1). That this description describes Mary has been confirmed by multiple saints, Christian authors, and modern popes, and she is also known as the Virgin of the Apocalypse. Our Lady of Guadalupe is often depicted in this manner, with the crescent moon upturned beneath her feet; Rubens' baroque altarpiece painting, Mondsichelmadonna (Madonna on the Crescent Moon), is an example of this iconography from Freising Cathedral in Germany. This powerful symbolism has obviously spoken to many religious people throughout time.

Santos played an important role in bringing the Catholic Church to the New World with the Spanish colonists. These mannequin-style religious figures were hand-sculpted and often furnished with ornate religious clothing, usually funded by religious devotees, and were used as icons to explain the major figures - Mary, Christ, and the saints - in the religion to new, indigenous converts. Likewise, they served as a connection to the Old World for colonists far from home.

Provenance: private Francis & Lilly Robicsek Collection, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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Small losses to tips of fingers on one hand. Figure has extensive wear to paint, with fine craquelure on much of the remaining paint. It has also clearly been overpainted a number of times and the base is old but not original. Tip of one side of the moon is missing.
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Early 19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - Woman of Apocalypse

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0103A: Early 19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - Woman of Apocalypse

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Est. $2,400 - $3,000Starting Price $1,200
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New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial Period, ca. early 19th century CE. A carved wooden statue of a dynamically posed Madonna standing atop a pedestal composed of clouds with angelic faces peeking out from them, looking upward at Her. Below that is a large, upturned crescent moon, nailed to the integrated base. She stands with her hands together, her head slightly turned, and she wears long, flowing robes, lovingly carved. These are white, pink, and dark blue. Her face is serious, with glass eyes and much of the paint worn from devotion. A recent worshipper has placed a small wooden cross on a metal chain around one hand. An early example. Size: 8.5" L x 10" W x 23.5" H (21.6 cm x 25.4 cm x 59.7 cm)

This particular depiction of the Virgin Mary is sometimes known as the Woman of the Apocalypse and is recognized in many time periods and cultures, especially as part of the Catholic tradition of Marian veneration. It comes from Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation, which describes, "a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars" (12:1). That this description describes Mary has been confirmed by multiple saints, Christian authors, and modern popes, and she is also known as the Virgin of the Apocalypse. Our Lady of Guadalupe is often depicted in this manner, with the crescent moon upturned beneath her feet; Rubens' baroque altarpiece painting, Mondsichelmadonna (Madonna on the Crescent Moon), is an example of this iconography from Freising Cathedral in Germany. This powerful symbolism has obviously spoken to many religious people throughout time.

Santos played an important role in bringing the Catholic Church to the New World with the Spanish colonists. These mannequin-style religious figures were hand-sculpted and often furnished with ornate religious clothing, usually funded by religious devotees, and were used as icons to explain the major figures - Mary, Christ, and the saints - in the religion to new, indigenous converts. Likewise, they served as a connection to the Old World for colonists far from home.

Provenance: private 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.

#120456
Condition
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Small losses to tips of fingers on one hand. Figure has extensive wear to paint, with fine craquelure on much of the remaining paint. It has also clearly been overpainted a number of times and the base is old but not original. Tip of one side of the moon is missing.

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