This is a fine circa 1800 European carved jointed wood santos or creche figure doll standing 17.5" tall. She is jointed at the shoulders and elbows only. The rest of the doll is carved from one solid piece of wood. She has a slim bodice to the waist and a ankle length skirt below, well carved to represent the folds of the fabric. Her hair is pulled back and falls in a single long low pony tail in the back. The details of her facial features, ears and hands are well modeled. She has painted eyes.
Condition: This figure has considerable paint loss and wear tot he painted finish. There is also a line of very old wood worm damage on her chest. Her left foot has an old repair. There are remnants of wax over the top of her head, from church candles.
I find the surface wear on this early figure to be very attractive, and not a deterrent.