STO. NIÑO


This exquisite Sto. Niño is probably the best in this collection. It is five (5) feet tall and has glass eyes. It has the face of a child and most of all a perfect stance. From its size, we can surmise that this icon graced the side altar of a church. It comes from the collection of a barong maker, Mr. Edgardo Aquino. The three (3) rays on its head (potencias) and the cross on the top of the globe on its left hand is made of pure beaten silver. The gold leafing on the base representing flowers and leaves and crisscrossing design as in lace work represents high art of the 18th and 19th century. Made of wood, this 19th century Sto. Niño is polychromed in gold and white, and is amazingly well preserved. It is a very good example of an icon in “detalyado” style, which means that the whole icon was sculpted even its ornaments and dress, a style prevalent prior to the 1850’s, the date wherein the santos were dressed up as mannequins and placed on a carroza and borne in procession. Its hands are detachable. This is a perfect example of a museum piece comparable to the collection in the Ayala and San Agustin museums.