Art of Many Cultures Meet in Mexico - St. Michael, the Archangel
paste and painted, gilded colorin wood
115 x 30 x 90 cm
appears brandishing his sword to fight the evil angels. He wears
military garb with a braided diadem around his head.
sculpture would have been used as an object of reverence
in the rites of the Catholic Church. Being made of very
strong light material it could have been carried in
material used in sculpting this piece was a pulp made
from cornstalks mixed with certain natural plant adhesives.
Some parts of this sculpture are also fashioned from
colorin wood which is also porous and lightweight. The
finished piece was then painted to provide the features
for St. Michael and the details of his armor.
the religion of Catholicism was an import from Spain,
the art process used in creating this object for the
church was an art well known in Mexico before the Spaniards
arrived. Both the corn stalks used to form the sculpture
and the wood used in its structure are native to Mexico.