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Object Information:

School of: Santo Niño Santero, New Mexican, active ca. 1830-1860

Object Information:

New Mexico/United States of America

San Miguel Arcángel (Saint Michael the Archangel)

before 1860

Wood with water soluble paint and tin

height, 19 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 6 1/4in (50.2 x 28.6 x 15.9cm)

Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay



Not on view

Further Information:

According to the book of Revelation in the Bible, 12:7-9, San Miguel fought against Satan's rebellious angels during a great battle in heaven. In full armor, San Miguel holds the sword used to defeat the dragon (Satan) under his feet. With his scale, he will weigh souls on Judgment Day.

San Miguel's tin crown, scales, and sword may have come from used tin cans. After the U.S. occupation of northern New Mexico in 1846, military supplies, including food, were brought to the troops in tin containers that were later recycled by New Mexican tinsmiths to create decorative objects.

Artist/Maker Bio

Santo Niño Santero