Antique Santos of St. Isadore the Farmer, circa 1800, Folk Art Carving

Sir Raffles Art & History is Charles Mandel’s collection of antique Santos and ethnographic collectibles, mostly carved wood. See current selection on Etsy:

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Carved wooden santos figure of St. Isadore, the farmer. The height is 11.75″. Central America.

Condition: A beautiful patina on this very old piece. Half right arm missing left hand missing. Half of the right arm is missing.

Comments: St. Isadore was a popular subject for veneration in rural areas. Here he is wearing a simple farmer’s garb. He is intent and alert. The patina is evocative and attests to its ancient age.

Whatever the culture, there can be no more important art than that used as an aid for communicating with the divine. I have always found devotional artifacts fascinating to collect; there is no better way to connect with a past culture than through the objects that were important to it. Collecting santos figures is particularly gratifying. The subject, the style and the methods of production combine to tell the tale of what the individuals in that culture valued.


I have been collecting artifacts and religious objects for many years, specializing in Asian and European vintage carvings. Don’t hesitate to ask about other stock that I might have that is not listed here.



Materials: wood,polychromed,paint

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