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Fanal with Christ Child as Doctorcito under a filigree tree and mother-of-pearl

Caspicaraca. 1780

Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes

Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes

A Fanal with a carved figure of Christ Child sitting on a chair (iconography called "Doctorcito" in Spanish, little Doctor), depicting the moment He is teaching to the doctors in the Temple. The scene is complemented with natural and artificial elements, like a tree of life as highlight: its trunk executed with bronze threads, silver strands for the roots, and branches with small mother-of-pearl leaves.
The Museo de Artes de la Universidad de los Andes, Santiago de Chile, exhibits a group of 16 "fanales". A "fanal" is a structure that consists of a wooden base on which a bell glass or bell jar is mounted, used in Europe during the eighteenth century for scientific and decorative purposes. When transferred to Latin America it takes a totally different character: a “fanal” becomes a devotional object from the moment a religious Christian figure is placed in the inside.

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  • Title: Fanal with Christ Child as Doctorcito under a filigree tree and mother-of-pearl
  • Creator: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Date: 2010 - 2011
  • Date Created: ca. 1780
  • Physical Dimensions: w38 x h44 x d27 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Devotional object
  • Rights: Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes
  • External Link: Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes
  • Medium: Wood, glass, metallic threads, mother-of-pearl
  • Technique: Woodworking, blown glass, carved and polychromed wood, metal openwork, carved mother-of-pearl
  • Sculptor: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Exhibition: Santiago de Chile

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