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Santo Nino de Cebu, 18th C, Hispano Filipino, RARE!

Santo Nino de Cebu, 18th C, Hispano Filipino, RARE!
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This is a Santo Nino de Cebu from the late 18th century Philippines. Previous owner who is a missionary collected it in 1970’s and brought to the US. This Santo Nino is markedly different in style than the usual pieces coming from Bohol or Panay province which sports long curly hair, chubby face and dark complexion. Bohol bases are mortar and pestle style. The vestiture style is that of a military style and may be originating from Cebu province. The Santo Nino de Cebu is also called El Capitan General or Captain General which is the highest rank in the military during that period. The Nino evidently has overpaint. Original colors are (exposed from flaked outer paint) light blue, dark blue, turmeric yellow, vermillion red and flesh colored pigments on face and hands. History tells that these colors come from locally obtained pigments from plant, minerals and other organic matter. The later outer colors are avocado green with gold trim on the vestment, brown boots, dark blue pants, light brown/dark red cape. It is evident that this piece has a long history. He has three missing fingers, the cross on his crown and the cross on the globe. Note that the style of carving and vestiture of this Nino very unique and we have not seen any of this style. The depth of the carving alone is astounding. One would normally see these Ninos carved with less depth (around 3 inches). This Nino has a depth of over four inches and his hands sticking out as if to reach above and not flat pointing up. The vestiture style is similar to a Spanish conquistador (military style) with large pockets, buttoniers and heavy sleeves. The cape flows out to the back short ends at the buttocks instead of flat flowing all the way to the ground. The base may have a larger elaborately carved with outflowing acanthus leaves design on the corners similar to the upper base. Note that the upper base have the notches for the carved leaf decorations which are now missing. As an example, we put the Nino on a base not original to it. This base is NOT INCLUDED in the sale and is listed SKU# 2010119. There is a large notch at the bottom of the base to attach to the missing sub-base. This Nino is really unlike any other and is a treasure to own. Found in as-is original condition without any restoration. It is carved from a very heavy dark wood called “Batikuling”. It has no insect damage.
 
DIMENSIONS: 15” high to top of crown x 6” wide side of globe to end of right hand x 5” deep @ base. 21" high w/ the sub-base (this is probably the original height if the sub-base was not missing)
WEIGHT:  4 lbs.


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