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Santa Lucia, 19th Century, Brazil
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This is an early 19th century (over 150 years old) Portuguese Colonial carved wood saint figure of Santa Lucia or St. Lucy provenance from Brazil. She is holding a plate with her left hand that contains a pair of eyes. Her right hand is partially missing which is supposed to hold a palm frond. The her eyes were gouged out before her execution and palm frond which symbolizes victory are her attributes. This piece has very good paint retention despite its age. Its estofado paint finish and detailing are still vibrant. Paint is intact and well adhered. She has a hole on top of her head where her resplandor or aura is attached. The aura is made of gold foil (3.5” h x 3.5” w).
Dimensions: 11.0" High (13.5” to top of her aura) x 4.0" Wide x 3.0" Deep.
Weight: 1.0 Lb.