This folk art crucifix comes from an old New Mexico estate. It is from the 1970s, unsigned yet in the style of the Taos wood carvers, such as Leo Salazar and his sons. The carving is simple, Jesus on the cross with spikes indicating the nails in feet and hands, plus a crown of thorns. The wood cross is made of rustic planks, perhaps repurposed from an old gate that has discolored and dried. The carving is made of cottonwood, likely collected from a tree nearby. INR is carved into the cross. Where the figure was nailed onto the cross by the artist, we get a split in the dry cross, which I have photographed. Religious art of New Mexico originated with the Spanish settlers who came to this region in the late sixteenth century. As described by Montez Gallery in Santa Fe, they merged "their old European art form with their experiences in New Spain, they created their own unique devotional art. The santos (saints), were made in two-dimensional form known as retablos, and three-dimensional sculptural pieces known as bultos. Both are among the most valued collectibles of religious antiques today. The contemporary santos and bultos made by well-known artists, many of whom are descendants of the original santeros (religious artists), are equally valued by those seeking spiritual support and serious investment value." This piece is unsigned, but I got another bulto from the home by Ernesto Salazar, whose works, along with those of his father Leo, are in museums (and Leo Salazar has a piece in The Vatican). So even though this piece is unsigned, given the provenance of the estate, it could be an early piece and thus unsigned or just too narrow to allow for a signature.
The crucifix measures just under 15-1/2" tall, by just over 10" across. Weighs one pound unpacked. Again, the cross has a large splinter in the wood. But the piece has presence and beauty.
New Mexico folk art--symbol of faith.
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