Anthropomorphic Figure “Inmaculada Concepción"

Unknown17th-18th century

Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indígena (MAPI), Uruguay

Museo de Arte Precolombino e Indígena (MAPI), Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay

Making images was more strictly planned activities, managed and organized by the Society of Jesus since the beginning of the missionary enterprise (1609). Each village had its workshops, installed in the same building where the priests had their rooms-College-for better control of learning and execution of the works.It can be assumed that some works were entirely made ​​by priests, others were mixed together and there appears the hand of the priest and the Indian. But the vast majority of hands went native. The Jesuits chose artisans among the indigenous population, given their skill, ability and social status. The sons of caciques had the best chance of being chosen to perform the tasks of greater prestige. The importance of art turned to religion was a key element of teaching employed in catechizing.


  • Title: Anthropomorphic Figure “Inmaculada Concepción"
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 17th-18th century
  • Location: Misiones Jesuíticas del Paraguay
  • Physical Dimensions: w13 x h33 x d12 cm
  • Period: Colonial
  • Culture: Indian Missionary
  • Type: Wood
  • Rights: MAPI, 2007, MAPI


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