DESCRIPTION: A fine Spanish Colonial carved wood figure (or santo) of the Christ Child. This devotional sculpture was sensitively and realistically carved with the Christ Child standing, looking slightly downward with his right hand raised and wearing a draping red robe tied at the waist. Images such as these were created as objects of devotion, playing a significant role in introducing and educating indigenous peoples in the Americas to the Roman Catholic Church, which itself was an integral part of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. This santo is quite early, dating from the late 17th C. CONDITION: In remarkable condition considering its age; there are missing fingers on both hands, scattered insect damage (worm holes), a small number of age cracks (stable), and paint losses in various places. The whole is quite sturdy with a beautiful patina and inspirational presence. DIMENSIONS: Approximately 30" high (76.2 CM).