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San Miguel en Lucha con el Demonio

second half of 19th century-1910 Francisco "Pancho el Santero" Rivera carved and painted wood 8 7/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (22.6 x 10.8 x 11.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.49 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 21B


Luce Center Label

The feast of St. Michael is celebrated in many towns across Puerto Rico. Spiritists on the island use his image to ask for divine intervention for such things as illnesses or the humiliation of enemies. Christian tradition describes St. Michael as the leader of the hosts of heaven, and he is often shown fighting Satan, who appears in the form of a dragon.

Keywords

Religion - angel - St. Michael

Religion - Satan

sculpture

wood