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19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - St. Anthony of Padua

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**Originally Listed At $1000**

New World, Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A hand-carved wood santo figure of St. Anthony of Padua with a heavy silver halo boasting decoration in repousse. In one hand, he holds a book with the Christ Child seated atop it. His other hand is held palm up, with a wooden cross on a chain placed on it by a worshipper. He stands atop a tall, tiered wooden pedestal. Size: 5" L x 6.5" W x 19.5" H (12.7 cm x 16.5 cm x 49.5 cm)

The saint's robes are deep blue-green, with gold-painted details and a rope with three knots in the traditional Franciscan style representing poverty, chastity, and obedience. His face is sensitively rendered, with brown glass eyes. A set of rosary beads has been placed around his neck by a worshipper.

St. Anthony was a Portuguese Franciscan priest and friar who died in Padua, Italy. Despite being born into a wealthy family, he was known for his intense devotion to the poor and sick, and holds the distinction of being canonized most quickly of all the saints. He is also known as the patron saint of lost things - objects, people, and souls. In art, he is often depicted with a book and the infant Jesus, based on a commonly told story of him reading a book and seeing the Christ Child's image in it.

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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Fine areas of craquelure and small areas of loss to the paint as shown. Traces of wax to stabilize accessories. Some areas of overpainting. One hand may have been replaced.
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Lot 0283 Details

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...
**Originally Listed At $1000**

New World, Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A hand-carved wood santo figure of St. Anthony of Padua with a heavy silver halo boasting decoration in repousse. In one hand, he holds a book with the Christ Child seated atop it. His other hand is held palm up, with a wooden cross on a chain placed on it by a worshipper. He stands atop a tall, tiered wooden pedestal. Size: 5" L x 6.5" W x 19.5" H (12.7 cm x 16.5 cm x 49.5 cm)

The saint's robes are deep blue-green, with gold-painted details and a rope with three knots in the traditional Franciscan style representing poverty, chastity, and obedience. His face is sensitively rendered, with brown glass eyes. A set of rosary beads has been placed around his neck by a worshipper.

St. Anthony was a Portuguese Franciscan priest and friar who died in Padua, Italy. Despite being born into a wealthy family, he was known for his intense devotion to the poor and sick, and holds the distinction of being canonized most quickly of all the saints. He is also known as the patron saint of lost things - objects, people, and souls. In art, he is often depicted with a book and the infant Jesus, based on a commonly told story of him reading a book and seeing the Christ Child's image in it.

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.

#120687
Condition
...
Fine areas of craquelure and small areas of loss to the paint as shown. Traces of wax to stabilize accessories. Some areas of overpainting. One hand may have been replaced.

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