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Santo Tomas de Villanueva Tableau, 19th Century, Philippines

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Tableau, 19th Century, Philippines
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This is a large 19th C. carved wood Spanish Colonial Tableau of Santo Tomas de Villanueva (St. Thomas of Villanova, Spain) polychrome painted over gesso. He has glass eyes but his left eye is missing. His crozier (staff) is missing the top portion and his mitre (headgear) is nailed on (removable). It is most probable that Provenance is the Northern Provinces of Luzon, Philippines. Local pigments were utilized especially yellow which comes from an abundance of turmeric. He is the patron saint of Santolan in Pasig (Metro Manila). This is a large image so it must have been venerated in a church setting like the one in barangay Santo Tomas in Lubao, Pampanga. Santo Tomas was educated in Villanova and became Archbishop of Valencia, Spain. He is known for distributing alms to the poor as depicted in this image. Base is decorated with floral motif with the saints name inscribed on it.
SPECIFICATIONS: · Dimensions: Stands 26"H x 13.75"W x 13.25"D. Medium: Wood, Gesso and Local Pigments. Weight: 9.3lbs.

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