X82.1541 Santo, San Jacinto

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Santo, San Jacinto
19th century
Wood and paint
H: 129.0 cm, W: 45.0 cm, D: 33.0 cm (H: 50.8 in, W: 17.7 in, D: 12.9 in)
Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Lloyd Davis. X82.1541


Originally from a colonial church in the Philippines, this figure represents the transplanting of a European religious tradition on an Asian shore. San Jacinto, or Saint Hycinthe, was a thirteenth-century Polish theologian known as the ”Apostle of the North.” He is depicted holding a crucifix (now missing) and a statue of the Virgin, objects that he is credited with saving from a monastery under attack.

Source: Exhibition Wall Text: Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006