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La Virgen y el Nino

ca. 1875-1900 Lares group carved and painted wood, metal, and string 15 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (38.3 x 14.0 x 13.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.44 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing

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This santo shows the Virgin Mary supporting the Christ child on her forearm. The curved lines of her costume and deep grooves defining her long strands of hair create a sense of physical energy, and the stippled dots typify the Lares group's playful decoration. A milagro (a small token, often of a body part, that represents a miracle of healing) hangs from her right hand as an offering of thanks from a worshiper. As with many santos, this figure's original symbols, which were probably held in her hands, have been lost.


Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Mary


fabric - string



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