San Rafael y Tobias

  • Caban group, San Rafael y Tobias, ca. 1850-1925, carved and painted wood with metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.32

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Saint Raphael is the guide of travelers and pilgrims and the provider of spiritual and physical health. The source of this santo is the book of Tobit, which Roman Catholics believe belongs to the Old Testament. The young Tobias was sent by his father, Tobit, on a dangerous journey to recover his family’s fortune. Along the way, the archangel Raphael protected him. When Tobias captured a fish in the Tigris River, Raphael warned him not to eat the heart and liver, and later these organs were used to save Tobias from the devil. This santo emphasizes the protective role of Raphael as he towers above Tobias with his hand comforting his young companion. (Irene Curbelo, The Expressive Other: Understanding and Enjoying Puerto Rican Santos, 2003)

Title
San Rafael y Tobias
Artist
Date
ca. 1850-1925
On View
Dimensions
19 3/4 x 12 1/8 x 7 1/4 in. (50.2 x 30.7 x 18.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood with metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – angel – St. Raphael
  • Religion – Old Testament – Tobias
  • Animal – fish
Object Number
1996.91.32
Palette
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