San Miguel Arcángel (Saint Michael the Archangel)
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School of: Santo Niño Santero, New Mexican, active ca. 1830-1860
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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.
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