carved and painted wood 14 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (37.1 x 14.3 x 9.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B
Luce Center Label
In the Bible, Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to his followers showing the marks from his crucifixion. Many santeros (carvers of wooden saints) carved images that show this moment to emphasize Christs suffering for all of mankind. In this piece the artist painted Jesus's wounds in great detail and even included tears of blood to create a powerful, haunting image.
Religion - New Testament - Christ