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Catalog Number 90.75.55
Object Name Painting
Other Name Retablo
Description Retablo style painting of St. Michael the Archangel; oil paint on canvas, mounted on a wood frame. The allegorical image shows Michael's defeat of Satan, though in its New Mexican context this may represent Christianity’s triumph over the religion of the pueblos. In this version, the horned water snake has been substituted for Satan and his crown is surmounted by feathers. Michael is portrayed with a sword in his right hand, his red banner worn as a cloak, and a balance beam in his left hand for weighing souls. Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael the Archangel, is celebrated in the Christian tradition on September 29. Acquired by archaeologist Samuel Lothrop in 1915 from residents in the vicinity of Pecos, New Mexico and gifted to the Peabody in 1957. Nineteenth century.
Site Name Pecos Pueblo
Site # LA 625
Material Composite
Date Circa 1800-1900
Excavated by Kidder, Alfred
Collector Lothrop, Samuel K.
Collection date 1915-01-01
Lexicon sub-category Composite
Place United States | NM | San Miguel | Pecos