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Fanal with Christ Child leaning and porcelain basket

Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicaraca. 1780

Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes

Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes

This fanal provides a marquetry base. The figure of Child Jesus rests naked on a small mattress. The whole atmosphere is richly decorated with flowers, fruits, orange blossoms bouquets, leaves of different colors, as well as a porcelain basket that can be seen behind Him.
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 leaning and porcelain basket
  • Creator: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Date: 2010 - 2011
  • Date Created: ca. 1780
  • Physical Dimensions: w35 x h38 x d22 cm (Complete)
  • Provenance: Donation
  • Type: Devotional object
  • Rights: Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes
  • External Link: Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes
  • Medium: Wood, glass, fabric, wax flowers
  • Technique: Woodworking, blown glass marchetry, carved and polychromed wood
  • Sculptor: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Exhibition: Santiago de Chile

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