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Patrociño Barela, Alleluja

Carved figure on a plaque of dark stained wood. Almost retablo-like. Figure holding shield or shield shaped item. Oblong hole above figure almost cut through the wood

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.
Alleluja, 1937
Carved wood
Overall: 23 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (59 x 20 cm)
Courtesy of WPA