Life-size Effigy of an Angel or Saint 1860s Mexican M791

Designed to be dressed in different robes according the seasons and festivals, this exquisitely carved and cunningly articulated figure, gessoed and painted with realistic glass eyes, dates from the 1860s and must have seenĀ at least century of use. The arms and hands are movable. The base is restored but the rest is original, some damage to the left hand, the hairstyle is consonant with the general depiction of angels and archangels. It succeeds entirely in looking fully alive, even undressed, when it takes on the lineaments of surrealist art most pleasingly. A superb object.

65″ tall, base 20″ x 20″.

Price on request.