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Saint Michael the Archangel

Cornstalk paste and painted, gilded colorin wood
New Spain
Sixteenth/seventeenth century
115 x 30 x 90 cm

St. Michael the Archangel stands in a characteristic pose, raising his sword against evil angels to cast them into Hell. This four-foot sculpture shows a traditional European image of a saint created with a native Mexican art technique.

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