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Saint George

ca. 1935-1943 Patrociño Barela Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964 carved juniper 17 x 10 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (43.2 x 26.7 x 14.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1985.65.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


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According to Christian tradition, St. George slew a dragon with the help of God and one strike of his lance. In this carving the top of the saint’s weapon forms a cross to show the source of his miraculous victory. Each of Patrociño Barela’s sculptures is carved from a single block of wood because he believed that this increased its spiritual power.

Keywords

Object - weapon - spear

Religion - saint - St. George

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

sculpture

folk art

wood - juniper

About Patrociño Barela

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

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