carved and painted wood 9 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (23.5 x 9.9 x 9.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 21B
Luce Center Label
In Puerto Rico smaller images of saints (santos) were usually made for private prayer, while larger figures were intended for church. A wealthy patron probably owned this early figure. As more artisans carved santos, they became increasingly accessible to families of moderate means. By the end of the nineteenth century, santos could be found in most Catholic households on the island.
Architecture Exterior - civic - tower
Object - foliage - palm
Religion - saint - St. Barbara