**Originally Listed At $1200**
New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial, ca. 19th century CE. A kneeling wooden figure of an adult Christ, shown with his right hand raised as if he is about to bless the supplicant looking towards him. His head is turned, his gaze downward, and he was perhaps made to be placed on a pedestal, above worshippers. His robes are detailed and painted yellow with a red cloak wrapped around them. Green details highlight the edges of the robe and hint at a different original color. He is posed as part of an integrated wooden pedestal. He wears a stamped tin crown. Size: 13.5" L x 9.5" W x 19.25" H (34.3 cm x 24.1 cm x 48.9 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 Francis & Lilly Robicsek collection, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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