Rendered by Ranka S. Woods (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paperboard
overall: 25.2 x 19.9 cm (9 15/16 x 7 13/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 9 3/4" high; 4 1/2" wide
Index of American Design
Not on View
Object 12 of 25
The other form of artistic expression most common to colonial New Mexico was the "bulto." Also made by the "santeros," these are small carvings in the round representing a single religious figure or a group. Usually made of cottonwood roots or pine, the figures were covered with gesso ground and painted. This "bulto" depicts the Holy Trinity. Here, the three figures seem grown together, giving additional emphasis to the idea of the Trinity. A knotted leather thong is tied around the figures.
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