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Patrociño Barela, Death Cart

Three wheeled death cart holds massive, carved figure of death; wood weathered gray.

Patrociño Barela
Patrociño Barela worked most of his life as a wood carver in Taos, New Mexico. As a santero (an artist who creates sacred images), Barela is recognized by New Mexico's living artists as a major source of inspiration. His carvings are not only expressive of the rich Hispano heritage within which he created, but artistically his works display parallels to Romanesque art, Modern art, as well as to the primitive art of other world cultures.
Death Cart, c. 1931-35
Carved wood assemblage
40 9/16 × 32 5/16 × 44 in. (103 × 82 × 111.8 cm)
Gift of John Manchester