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19th century Unidentified carved and painted wood 22 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 4 1/4 in. (56.5 x 14.8 x 10.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.54 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 21B

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Carvings of the crucified Christ were popular subjects of santeros, artists who created santos, carved wooden images of saints. In this figure, Christ’s limp body looks as if it is shifting, emphasizing the excruciating pain of having his hands and feet nailed to the cross. Such images of extreme suffering are related to the rites of the penitentes in New Mexico and to the tradition of carving saints’ images.


Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Crucifixion