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Nino Jesus, 18th Century, Hispano-Filipino, RARE!
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You are looking at an 18th century wood carving of of the Santo Nino del Rosario from the Philippines. Hermosa Talla Antique en Madera Policromado Siclo 18. Muy hermosa talla antigua Filipinas pero con clara influencia de imaginaria Espanol, policromia e doramento originales. Although this piece was collected in the Philippines, it is obvious that it has Spanish origin because of his facial features (the caucasian nose, the deep blue eyes and the brown/blond hair). It is not surprising to find many European icons in the Philippines because of the Spanish conquest which is why the Philippines has become a Christian nation. This piece originally held in one hand by a Nuestra Senora del Rosario. It could have been a large Santo about 3 to 4 feet. The crown and hair are original to the piece. The crown is probably made of brass and the blond/brown hair looks real and is very fine (that of a newborn). He has reverse painted inset glass eyes and the pupils are deep blue. He has articulated arms. He is simply amazing having survived all these years. Polychrome paint over gesso with losses as shown. Holes at the back for attachment to the body of the Virgin. Left hand finger missing and left foot toe tips missing. A hole was drilled in his bottom to attach to dowel of gold gilt museum stand. Antique three flower silver staff is not included in the price (please ask for quote if interested in purchasing the silver staff). Dimensions: 8” H (top of crown to bottom of base) x 3.5” W x 3.5” D at the base and weighs 0.7 lbs