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Fanal with Christ Child lying on one side

Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicaraca. 1780

Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes

Museo de Artes Universidad de los Andes

Christ Child is crowned with a segmented star shaped halo, and resting on a cushion decorated with metal filigree. The environment is profusely embellished with orange blossoms garlands, colorful flowers, leaves and fruits, some bees and a nest with a little bird that rests at Jesus’ feet. Besides, the oval wooden base offers a floral marquetry detail in contrasting colors.
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 lying on one side
  • Creator: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Date: 2010 - 2011
  • Date Created: ca. 1780
  • Physical Dimensions: w47 x h50 x d18 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, fabric, dried flowers, silver
  • Technique: Woodworking, marquetry, 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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