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Our Lady of the Boat, 19th Century, Hispano-Filipino

Our Lady of the Boat, 19th Century, Hispano-Filipino
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This is a carved wood and polychrome painted Santos Santa Maria Immaculada from the 19th century and Hispano-Filipino in origin. It is very rare to see this depiction where the crescent moon is so large that it looks like she is stepping over a boat. The crescent moon signifies her glory and victory over sin. The globe to which the crescent moon is attached is missing. Another unique characteristic of this piece is her triangular shape almost befitting the form of the so called “bell type santos” which are the forms of the Guadalupe bearing the Child. The lower portion is so wide that the carver added slats of wood on each side for additional width. Wood is dense and heavy probably Molave. Old inventory number is written on the bottom. The virgin is attached to the moon by extending the feet forming a dowel. No nails were used. The additional wings are also doweled but were probably nailed down at a later period. Missing hands and front feet.
 
Size: 13.75” high X 9.25” wide X 3.5” deep
Weight:  2 lbs, 6 oz.

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