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Crucifix

1971 José Mondragón Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1931 Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1989 carved wood with leather 30 5/16 x 16 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (77.0 x 41.9 x 9.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.257 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


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José Mondragón created many images of the Crucifixion. The letters “INRI” on top of the cross translate as “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” In this piece, Mondragón carved the head, body, and legs from a single piece of wood, then added the arms separately. The figure’s calm expression and pose show the strength of Jesus’s faith, even at the end, and the small drops of blood on his face are the only clue that he is experiencing any pain.

Keywords

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Crucifixion

sculpture

folk art

animal parts - leather

wood - cedar

wood - cottonwood

About José Mondragón

Born: Cordova, New Mexico 1931 Died: Cordova, New Mexico 1989

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