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Antique Mexican Retablo - El Alma de Maria  

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DESCRIPTION: This antique 19th c. painted tin retablo features a lovely rendition of El Alma de Maria, capturing the mystical descent of the Holy Ghost upon Mary and the announcements of the Incarnation. Mary is wearing a crown of pink roses, a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her right hand is crossed over her heart where a white dove also appears. She holds a staff of lilies in her left hand, symbolizing her purity and exemption from worldly sins. The Virgin is dubbed a "rose without thorns" or a "lily among thorns," hence the lily is the flower most associated with her. The gray/blue background, white cloud border, and light radiating from her head provide depth to the scene. The figure, dove, and flowers are depicted in a symbolic rather than naturalistic manner, as was characteristic of Mexican Folk Art. CONDITION: Some scattered scrapes to metal. PROVENANCE: Ex-Ramon Kelly Collection, Denver, CO. DIMENSIONS: 14"L x 10"W   Stock #W-WD12

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