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Antique Carved Santos Doll, Circa 1800. Religious Icon. SOLD

Antique Carved Santos Doll, Circa 1800. Religious Icon.  SOLD
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A rustic, yet beautiful female Santos doll.The body is similar to paper mache on a wood base. The face is a painted gesso. She has glass eyes. Stands 90cm. In as found condition. Rare to have all her fingers which are so beautifully carved. Some wear and restoration. Circa 1800-1850.

The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars. They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war. Their development flourished in Europe in the 1700s and 1800s, primarily due to these wars. Santos dolls are closely related to the Cheche figures, which were implemented in Italy. European Santos dolls were also brought to the Latin Americas during the Colonial age of Spain’s settling of The New World. The dolls were used to aid in the conversion of the Native Americans and Central American Indians to Catholicism. Many of these original dolls along with the art that inspired them were destroyed while trying to settle the West. Therefore, antiques in good shape are rare and very expensive. Santos, particularly the females, exhibit a most loving expression that is also complex and thoughtful. Their shape is often rustic in nature, yet with delicate details. They are sometimes painted in rich colors with detailed eyes. Antique dolls frequently have glass eyes. The dolls emulate the image of Christ, The Virgin Mary, Patron Saints, as well as other notable figures in biblical history.

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