Antique Painted Carved Wood Saint (Damaged), 18th C. French Spanish Colonial Mexican Religious Art

$1,000.00 $1,250.00

The antique polychrome carved wood Santos figure was likely made circa 18th Century, with relatively realistic features in the face and light weight common to that era. Individual elements like the arms and possibly head were carved separately and then added to the trunk, the joints concealed with thick layers of gesso and paint--now with age and the cracking and flaking away of the layers, we can see the lines of the joints coming through. The hands, which were attached, show damage in the fingers, and that damage is notable at the base--likely wormwood, although it could have been rodent as well. The saint wears what appears to be a monastic scapular, which displays as collar and cape, and has a belted robe. The beard and hair are curly, which could point to saints such as Saint Peter, Saint Francis, or even a version of El Cristo Rey or God the Father. Saint Anthony of Padua is often presented as a bearded man, and he too is depicted at times holding out his fingers in a similar manner as this saint sculpture. The piece came from an Arizona home, was always displayed in the living room, according to the previous owner's goddaughter, who inherited the statue. According to the family, the statue was from Mexico; in that case it is a "bulto," which is what these three-dimensional religious statues are called in Spanish. It does have painting features common to French saint statues, and Saint Peter is often depicted in European religious statues. It is a great example of Catholic religious faith in the Baroque and Colonial era.

The piece measures about 17" tall by about 9" wide. The base, again carrying the most damage, measures about 5-1/2" wide by about 3" deep. Weighs 1.11 pounds. Please review all the photos to comprehend the wear and damage in the piece.

Devotional religious art--a beautiful piece of deep faith and culture.

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