Early Christ Child
Early 18th century Hispanic Christ Child or Santo Niño, carved in pine and exhibiting its original gesso with traces of original polychrome paint. Holding his right hand to offer a blessing, his left held out, possibly to hold the globus cruciger.
Though originally decorated with vibrant and life-like colours, figures such as this were often intended to be dressed in exquisite hand made clothes and wigs, the faithful offering such items as acts of their devotion.
This one stands on a carved base but does stand independently as well. Both the figure and base are numbered in pen to the underside which may suggest it was once a museum exhibit.
With age related wear, cracks and losses, but that’s why we love it.
H: 44.5cm W: 17.5cm D: 16cm (including base)