Crucifix

19th century
Boggsville Historic Site, Las Animas, New Mexico/Colorado, USA

The arms of this figure form a Y as in most crucifixes from the Gothic period onward, but in this case the effect is not to suggest the weight of the dead body. Instead, they suggest a gesture of welcome or acclamation: Jesus is alive, his blond head is erect, and the lines etched on his loincloth suggest the power of stone.

This is one of a number of santos that Ramalda Luna Boggs collected in the 19th century for the Boggs home in Las Animas, which was then a part of New Mexico but is now in Colorado.

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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.