Antique Santos Figures | Catholic Saints | Religious Carving
Depictions of the Holy Family and Saints in early Christian iconography are amongst the most beautiful works of art ever made. Sculptures carved from native woods, then decorated with gilt and paint on gesso ground furnished churches and private devotional spaces throughout the Christian world. Santos (saint) figures were made post Reformation in the Iberian peninsula and South America. These naive caved sculptures with articulated joints and were once fully dressed with wigs and robes.