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Fanal with Christ Child reclined and parrot

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, garnished with a pearl necklace and bracelet, is resting on a golden surface with fringe decoration, and surrounded by different ornaments, like shiny decorative beads, along with several small birds, wheat ears, paillettes, colorful seed and cube beads placed all around. A wreath made of leaves and flower bouquets, as well as a bird swing, can also be seen hanging from its center, with a colored glass parrot.
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 reclined and parrot
  • Creator: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Date: 2010 - 2011
  • Date Created: ca. 1780
  • Physical Dimensions: w37 x h48 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, pearls, pailletes, beads, wheat ears
  • Technique: Woodworking, blown glass, marquetry, carved and polychromed wood, beading
  • Sculptor: Unknown attributed to follower of Manuel Chili Caspicara
  • Exhibition: Santiago de Chile

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