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Spanish Colonial inspired, Mexico, ca. early 19th century CE. A free-standing, vibrantly painted wood carving representing "La Cruz de las Animas" or "The Cross of Souls", presenting a rich religious iconographic program. At the center is Christ on the cross, flanked by the sun and moon, surmounted above by the Eternal Father and a banner reading INRI (Latin for Jesus of Nazarene, King of the Jews) above him. Below Jesus is a painted image of St. Michael the Archangel armed to battle for justice, above the Virgin Mary (Mater Dolorosa) praying for her Son. The base is adorned by several animas solas (meaning lonesome departed ancestral souls) figures - three painted on the base and two carved figures attached above. All are hoping for salvation while awaiting judgement amidst the flames of purgatory. Painted on the face of the tier between them is a skull and crossbones symbolizing Golgotha. A wonderful example of religious art representing a subject that was a popular cult of devotion throughout Mexico during the 19th century. Size: 10.25" W x 22.625" H (26 cm x 57.5 cm)

Provenance: private Andrade collection New York, NY, USA acquired 1960's; ex-Knoedler & Company

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#131563

Condition

Old losses to corners, surfaces of the base, and peripheries throughout as shown. Expected surface wear with chips and losses to area above God the Father, edges of the Cross arms, carved animas solas figures, and tiered base as shown. Nice areas of craquelure and darkening commensurate with age.

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Early 19th C. Mexican Carved Wood Cross of Souls

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Mar 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA