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Black Madonna, Ns. del Rosario, 19th Century, Spain

Black Madonna, Ns. del Rosario, 19th Century, Spain

Black Madonna, Ns. del Rosario, 19th Century, Spain
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This is a late 19th century carved wood image of a Black Madonna depicting Our Lady of the Rosary or Nuestra Señora del Rosario.  It is very unique because the Christ Child she is holding with her left hand is supposed to be similarly black is not black. This is a gorgeous piece with striking colors of blue and red hues and has estofado finish on her robe. Estofado style is performed by applying gold after the figure is gessoed and bole is applied and then painted over with the desired color of polychrome paint. The paint is then scratched off to expose the gold underneath to form a fabric like finish. The Virgin has a Black face and tiny Glass Eyes. She has a carved Aura or Aureole around her face and a Sterling (tested for high grade silver) Resplandor on top of her head. The resplandor may not be original to this piece because there are holes at the back of her neck which looks like a halo was attached to it earlier. This piece is hand carved wood probably by a well trained artisan and is obviously high quality. There is an armor stamp on her lower back with the letters GUDIFE which suggests it was made for or commissioned by the owner of that stamp. It is possible that the stamp owner sells these types of figures during the late 19thC. to the early 20thC. This piece came from Mexico but it’s provenance is probably from Spain.
CONDITION:   The piece is in very good condition for its age. There is paint loss but the remaining paint and gold finish is still vibrant. The wood is heavy and solid and has no damage.
Size:    Stands approximately 11.75 H (to top of resplandor), 10.25” H (w/o resplandor) x 5.5" W x 4.0" D.
            Silver resplandor: 2.25” H x 2.5” W, wt: 5 grams. 

Weight:  1 lb., 2.4 oz.

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