Christ Child, Saviour of the World, Italian carved c1675-1725

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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A timeless example of the Christ child as savior of the world.

General: 34″ in height, carved wood and polychromed figure of the Child Jesus with his left foot on the globe. Mounted to plinth with gold leaf banding.

Condition: Right arm lost at the shoulder; left survives past the elbow. Repairs to leg and one ankle. The finish is original but has a multitude of scattered losses and pitting.

Comments: A superb display piece. A popular theme for the time but of unusual and significant size.

If shipment out of the USA is required it will be handled by a third party shipper at cost.

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,polychrome,bone

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