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Framed Mexican Retablo La Mano Poderosa, Ex-Historia

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Latin America, Mexico, ca. 1875 to 1900 CE. A hand-painted and framed Mano Poderosa or Los Cinco Personas retablo depicting five figures perched at the tips of a detached hand who represent the Holy Family: Santa Nino de Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and Mary's parents, Ann and Joaquin - in oil paint on metal. The upward pointing almighty hand with the center wound and dripping blood represents the stigmata of Christ and the Crucifixion as well as the life of Saint Francis. A chalice catching Christ's blood with seven lambs (a holy number of Catholicism representing the seven sacraments and seven deadly sins) drinking from the chalice (a reference to the Book of Revelations) is included. The extrapolated meaning of this devotional image is one of protection and benediction. A wonderful example,! Size framed: 19-3/4" x 16" (at furthest extensions of the frame) (50.2 cm x 40.6 cm)

Condition: Slightly wear to surface with a bit of restoration, else excellent.

Provenance: Ex-Historia Antiques, James Caswell, Santa Monica, CA.

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