early 19th C.
17 in HIGH x 7 in WIDE x 4.75 in DEEP
(43.18 cm HIGH x 17.78 cm WIDE x 12.06 cm DEEP)
Gift of Mr. Lewis Firbache

Statue. Small statue of St. Peter (Frances crossed out): polychromed wood; Mexican California; early 19th c. ca. 12" From the History Information Station: Object: Statue of St. Peter the Apostle, made of carved wood coated with gesso and painted. It was made in Mexico in the 18th century. The statue is displayed in a nicho on a Corinthian order column. History: St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, was the foremost of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. After the death of Jesus, Peter became the first Supreme Head of the Catholic Church, and the model for all the popes that followed him. Here he holds the two keys given to him by Jesus, which are the symbol of his authority. Museum Purchase

Used: California

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