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Antique Mexican-new Mexican Carved-painted Cross - Altar/ Anima Solas-southwest For Sale
Mexican or New Mexican Bulto - Altar
~ 19th Century ~
Spanish Colonial Painted & Carved
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Height - - - 5"
Very fine antique Mexican or New Mexican altar with carved figures and profusely painted with Christian - Spanish Colonial imagery.
The altar is in the form of a Cross mounted on a stepped pedestal base and there are two carved and painted praying figures attached to the base at the bottom of the cross, possibly Adam and Eve.
The entire front of the piece is painted with images, as you can see. A crucified Jesus Christ is the main image, but there are also images of the Madonna, Saints, all sorts of symbolic tools and instruments, skulls and crossed bones, a deceased person wrapped in red cloth, and at the bottom, eight Anima Solas caught in the fires of purgatory and surrounding a painting of Adam and Eve with the apple tree and serpent. This piece has more interesting images on one piece than I have ever seen.
Probably Mexican in origin, but some of the faces look like the New Mexican style by Jose Rafael Aragon and the other Santeros in that Northern area.
The piece appears to be quite old and I would guess that ir was made after 1850 but before 1900 - maybe circa 1880's.
On the unpainted bottom there is a nicely penciled name, "Pablo", possibly the name of one of the owners over the years.
This is a museum quality example of Hispanic - Latin American - Mexican or New Mexican religious folk art.
Good ethnographic condition, as shown in the photos and with the following noted: Loss of the lower legs and feet of the larger carved figure. Wear and small losses to the painted surfaces, as shown. Darkening to the wood surfaces and a deep rich patina overall from smoke, dirt, handling and age. Overall, very good condition. The carved figures are glued to the base. They may have been added to the piece during the late 19th century, and so possibly the figures, although they also appear to be 19th century, are by a different artisan than the main body of the Cross.HISTORY: Purchased from an estate collection in Oakland, California. The previous owner had bought it in a local antique shop in the 1960's. No other collection history available.
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Mexican or New Mexican folk art and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Southwest, Spanish Colonial, Santa Fe - Taos Style, Western, Religious, or Arts and Crafts decor.
This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment and it will be carefully packed and shipped for quick and safe arrival to its new owner.
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