Folk art carved Santo figure
This is a wonderful figure and incredibly tactile. It is just a nice size at 12.5cm so that it fits nicely into your hand. For this reason it has gained a really superb patina that can only have come from many decades of regular handling.
Santo figures are a religious figure usually depicting a saint. In many countries these are very skilfully carved and decorated to be displayed in churches. Countries in South America and Asia also produce Santo figures. These figures are often carved by the faithful in the villages and used as a religious item where they are often carried with the person. This is a really nice example of a folk art carved Santo which would have been carved by its original owner and carried with him.
The carving is rustic and there is not much detail but the colour is superb. This is a lovely item and a really nice addition to the collection.