Halo

Halo

circa 1770
Artist
unknown maker
Country
Ecuador, Colombia
crown
Silver gilt and green glass.
Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family
1990.530

Unknown Artist, Halo. Ecuador, Colombia, about 1770. Silver gilt and green glass. 3.75 x 5.25 in. Gift of the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family; 1990.530.
 

Dimensions
height: 3.75 in, 9.5250 cm; width: 5.25 in, 13.3350 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

When Francisco Pizarro and his small army arrived in Peru in 1532, to their delight they found that gold and silver were abundant. American Indians had a long tradition of metalworking techniques, including filigree, casting, and hammering. Silversmiths from Spain began to immigrate to the Americas shortly after the conquest and introduced European forms and styles. Through time the synthesis of New and Old World styles became integrated, culminating in the lush excesses of colonial Baroque and Rococo metalwork.
     This silver-gilt halo, which takes the form of a sunburst pattern, is embellished with green glass inserts cut to imitate emeralds. Emeralds were so popular during the 17th and 18th centuries that they were imitated using green glass and even green paste stones. Across the band is a foliate and floral design done in repousse. Some smaller details of the central rosette and the piping of the band appear to be executed using the chasing technique. The spike coming down from the center of the band was used to affix the halo to the head of a polychromed wood statue, probably of the Virgin Mary.
-- Donna Pierce & Michael A. Brown, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 26 December 1990 to the Denver Art Museum by the Stapleton Foundation of Latin American Colonial Art, made possible by the Renchard Family. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • “ReVision: Art in the Americas” — Denver Art Museum, 2/16/2020 – 11/8/2020