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Cautivo de la Virgen de la Merced

early 18th century Master of "La Merced" carved and painted wood 9 3/8 x 5 x 6 3/8 in. (23.7 x 12.8 x 16.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.47 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing

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The Virgin of Mercy protects all people as equals. This elegantly carved santo of a prisoner kneeling in prayer represents one of her devotees. His small size, offset by wide eyes and disproportionately large hands, underscores his humanity and devotion to the Virgin.


Figure male - full length

State of being - evil - imprisonment