Donated By: Donick Cary, Emmy-Award winning writer/producer (Letterman /Simpsons / Parks and Recreation /Silicon Valley)
New World, Spanish Colonial, Guatemala, ca. 19th century CE. A sweet hand-carved wooden santo figure depicting a rather playful Christ Child, with a sensitively-carved face and brown eyes. The artist has wonderful modeled and painted details, giving him realistic looking skin, wavy hair, and expressive facial features, in addition to presenting him in a lively infantile pose. Custom stand. Size: 7.75" W x 15.5" H (19.7 cm x 39.4 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: private D. C. collection, California, USA; D. C. is an Emmy Award winning Hollywood writer and Executive Producer, collected before 2000
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