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Patrociño Barela, Bulto- Hope or the Four stages of Man

Four faces, three atop each other on one side; one face at top opposite side.

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- Hope or the Four stages of Man, c.1940
Overall: 16 1/8 x 7 1/16 in. (41 x 18 cm)
Courtesy of WPA