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Spanish Colonial Polychrome Wood Carved Santos Figure Panel

Spanish Colonial Polychrome Wood Carved Santos Figure Panel


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Organics: Wood: Pre 1900: Item # 1468145
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This exceptional wood carving of a Santos was made during the early 19th C. and was executed with bold strokes with great impressiveness. The central figure is giving the sign of Christ while holding a black object - perhaps a globe - in his other hand. He is clothed with a coral colored cape, buff tunic, and black boots with gold outlining. Standing atop a sphere, he is surrounded by an oval frame - underscoring the deep relief of the carving. The top and bottom are framing devices with swirls. The balance and symmetry of this composition is impressive given simple implements used to carve the santos panel. The back has a loop for hanging. Dimensions: 16.5 w, 3" d, 27" h The general condition of this carving is excellent in consideration of its age. However, there is wear and minor paint loss and fissures in the wood.