Wood, polychromed and gilded, with glass eyes and silver attachments; (.230af): H. with crucifix: 44 1/2 in. (113 cm); (.231ab): H. 27 1/4 in. (69.2 cm); (.232ab): H. 27 1/4 in. (69.2 cm); (.233ab): H. 17 3/4 in. (45.1 cm)
Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964 (220.127.116.11)
Although carved in a larger scale, this Crucifixion scene features figures whose garments display the same style of polychromy as the smaller Nativity scenes nearby. The broad swaths of background color derive their glow from the layer of silver leaf underlying the colored glazes, evidence of a technique called achinado. The carving of the figures' heads and faces closely resembles the work of the best known Quiteño sculptor, the mestizo Manuel Chil, called Caspicara.