Early fragmentary Santos carving, carved wood body of Christ, lacking head, arms, and cross; remnants of old white paint. Mounted to a wood panel and housed in a deep molded ebonized and stained wood frame. Fragment – 22" H. Framed – 32" H x 14" W. Continental, 18th century or earlier. Provenance: The estates of sculptor Olen Bryant and late Vanderbilt University art professor Thomas Brumbaugh, Clarksville/Cottontown, Tennessee. CONDITION: Head, arms and part of one leg missing; significant wear to paint, overall shrinkage to wood. Some whitish discoloration to top of frame.
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