This simple, beautiful image of the Virgin was carved from wood and painted by Eloy Santiago in the remote village of La Union, Oaxaca. The Virgin is always depicted in Mexico with the golden rays around her body and is supported by the small cherub figure of Juan Diego. The carvings of La Union are a little more rare than those of other Oaxaca wood carving towns because the town is difficult to reach. The real work of La Union is farming, so pieces are few and far between. The wood carving is the older, more rustic style that is done with a machete. The wood is copal, native to the Oaxaca area. The aniline paint colors are bright and well coordinated. Notice the colors of the Mexican flag are the colors of the base. Whimsical. Signed.
One of a kind.
state of origin: Oaxaca dimensions: 8" tall by 4" wide