The origin of this beautiful wooden Santo figure is unknown, but it came most likely from Central America or the Philippines, making this a colonial religious statue. The statue has been meticulously hand carved, and has great detail when it comes to the rendition of the face. A sharp nose, big eyes, and other rendered features, although stylized, make this Santo image look very realistic. The statue dates to the 1890's and has traces of a hand painted design that has now been worn off. A powdered blue is visible at the figure's feet; his hands that were most likely carved separately are now missing. All of this is understandable for the Santos' age and does not detract from the charm of this piece. The wood is in great condition, solid with no cracks but a minor chip at the pedestal. The Santo represented is unknown.
The Santo approximately measures 10.5 x 3.5 at its widest. This wooden figure is a wonderful addition to a Santo collection, and also a fascinating sculpture, for its religious or historical value as well as its craftsmanship. Small religious figures like this one most likely once travelled far to spread religion in the colonies. The Santo also makes a great gift for someone who appreciates antique woodworking.