Antique Saint, Mother Mary with Child Jesus no. VI; c 1850, Brazil, Spanish Colonial Santos

Antique Saint, Mother Mary with Child Jesus no. VI; c 1850, Brazil, Spanish Colonial Santos

Antique Saint, Mother Mary with Child Jesus no. VI; c 1850, Brazil, Spanish Colonial Santos

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This is a beautiful example of Brazilian religious work from the middle of the 19th century. General: 8.5″ in height carved statue of Mary holding the Child Jesus. Brazil, mid-19th century. Condition: Fully intact. Dark patina with only minor losses to the polychrome. Solid condition. Comments: The figure was carved separate and attached. The right hand is original and was also carved separately; I’m surprised that the delicate fingers have only very minor or no damage. It is interesting, if you look at Mary’s hair in back, that the santero spent as much or more time on it than even on Mary’s face. It would seem that this piece was meant to be viewed full-round, as opposed to back against a wall. Really an excellent piece, in my opinion. Whatever the culture, there can be no more important art than that used as an aid for communicating with the divine. I have always found devotional artifacts fascinating to collect; there is no better way to connect with a past culture than through the objects that were important to it. Collecting santos figures is particularly gratifying. The subject, the style and the methods of production combine to tell the tale of what the individuals in that culture valued. ____________ I have been collecting artifacts and religious objects for many years, specializing in Asian and European vintage carvings. Don’t hesitate to ask about other stock that I might have that is not listed here. Website: http://sirraffles.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirRafflesArt

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