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Christ Bulto

19th century Unidentified 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 1986.65.289 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.

Keywords

Religion - New Testament - Christ

sculpture

folk art

wood