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Patrociño Barela, Bulto

Six figures; three devil like; three others, one of which is holding money bag while being choked by devil. Another devil figure holding two persons at bottom. A heart is carved above the figures. Top of bulto is rounded in deepcut ridges.

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.
Bulto, c.1940
Carved wood
Overall: 27 3/16 x 17 11/16 in. (69 x 45 cm)
Courtesy of WPA