San Miguel Arcángel (Saint Michael the Archangel)

Maker and role
Attributed to: Santo Niño Santero, New Mexican, active ca. 1830-1860

Media/materials
Wood with water soluble paint
Measurements
16 x 8 1/2 x 4 3/4in (40.6 x 21.6 x 12.1cm)
Credit line
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
Accession number
1950.276
Object type
Location
Further information
Bultos and retablos were frequently carried in processions, brought to homes for use in asking for a saint's intercession, or taken to the fields in times of harvest or drought. Because of its extensive use, this San Miguel figure lost some of his traditional symbols, including a sword and scales, and its original base was replaced.

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