Christ Bulto

  • Unidentified, Christ Bulto, 19th century, carved and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.289

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In the Bible, Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to his followers showing the marks from his crucifixion. Many santeros (carvers of wooden saints) carved images that show this moment to emphasize Christs suffering for all of mankind. In this piece the artist painted Jesus's wounds in great detail and even included tears of blood to create a powerful, haunting image.

Title
Christ Bulto
Artist
Date
19th century
On View
Dimensions
14 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (37.1 x 14.3 x 9.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
Object Number
1986.65.289
Palette
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