Attributed to the Santo Niño santero, depicting San Miguel Arcángel/Saint Michael the Archangel, the scales of judgment dangling from hand, the other gripping a dagger, a vanquished demon-headed dragon beneath one foot. height 17 1/8in
Provenance: Owings-Dewey Fine Art, a gallery label with artist attribution affixed to the underside of the base
Cf: See Wroth, William, 1982, plates 149 & 150 for other bultos executed by this artist
"The sculptural work of the Santo Niño santero stands out as the finest in skill and technique among the 19th century folk artists of New Mexico. Most of his pieces are small, between twelve and eighteen inches high. They are delicately carved and carefully painted and perhaps come the closest to academic art within this folk tradition."
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