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Fanal of the Nativity with dried flowers, red fruit tree and pearls

Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicaraca. 1780

Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes

Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes

In this scene of the Holy Family, Christ Child leans naked on a mattress, depicting His birth. He is surrounded by dried flowers and flanked by a pair of pewter candlesticks. The Virgin and St. Joseph are crowned with haloes and with their left hand on their hearts, contemplating the Child. The event takes place under a branch forming a tree, on which a few small long feathered birds, leaves, fabric flowers, berries and fancy beads can be seen.
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 of the Nativity with dried flowers, red fruit tree and pearls
  • Creator: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Date: 2010 - 2011
  • Date Created: ca. 1780
  • Physical Dimensions: w33 x h49 x d19 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, silver, fabric, beads, dried flowers, pewter, pigments
  • Technique: Woodworking, blown glass, carved and polychromed wood, silver tooling
  • Sculptor: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Exhibition: Santiago de Chile

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