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David and Goliath

ca. 1935-1943 Patrociño Barela Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964 carved redwood 13 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (33.7 x 15.9 x 13.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1985.65.6 Not currently on view


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“And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span . . . And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.” 1 Samuel 17:4,49

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Patrociño Barela never attended church but expressed his devotion by carving figures and scenes from the Bible. In this sculpture the three sides depict the young David, the Philistine Goliath, and another soldier who faces away. Barela carved the three figures the same size because he wanted to show how the power of God made the boy as mighty as the giant.

Keywords

Religion - Old Testament - David

Religion - Old Testament - Goliath

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New Mexico

sculpture

folk art

wood - redwood

About Patrociño Barela

Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964

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