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Lady of the Assumption of Popayan, Colombia, 19th C.

Lady of the Assumption of Popayan, Colombia, 19th C.
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This is a late 19th century figure of our Lady of the Assumption of Popayan. Initially, we were led to believe that it was the Winged Virgin of Quito because of the similarity of the iconological trappings. The difference is that the Lady of Quito has a silver chain and has silver wings but both have the trappings of the “Woman of the Apocalypse” (blue and white colors, wings or floating dancing pose atop a crescent moon and serpent over the clouds). Incidentally, both of the original virgins were carved by an artist named Bernardo de Legarda (the Virgin of Quito, Ecuador and the Our Lady of the Assumption of Popayan, Colombia). It assures us that this is the later because the previous owner indicated that it was given to her by her aunt in 1965 who lived in Bogota, Colombia.
This is a beautiful rare piece with glass eyes and normal wear according to age. She has paint loss all around. Her raised right hands fingers were reglued. Note her dancing posture with her left leg descending to trample the serpent’s head. Her long hair is carved beautifully in accordance with the period. There are no missing parts.

Dimensions: 10.75” H x 4.5” W x 2.75” D
Weight: 13 oz.

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