"El Gran Poder de Dios" Niche

Description
Drawing from New Mexico’s long history of Catholic religious imagery and combining it with the 20th century craft of tin metal work, artists and the faithful express their faith and identity numerous ways. This tin and wood niche or nicho is made in part for the tourist market and partially as cultural and religious affirmation. New Mexican artists Maria Romero Cash carves the wooden figures, and her husband Don Cash create the tin work.
Language, culture, and religion have shaped the history and culture of the American Southwest. The interactions, confrontations, and co-existence between Zunis, Tiwa, Hopi, Spanish, Mexicans, and Anglos (just to name a few) have shaped ideas about ethnicity, family, language, traditions, and identity within the larger U.S. society.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
niche
Date made
1991
artist
Cash, Marie Romero
Cash, Don
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
glass (overall material)
roman catholicism (overall single or multi-hued)
carved (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 37 1/2 in x 17 5/8 in x 15 in; 95.25 cm x 44.7675 cm x 38.1 cm
Place Made
United States: New Mexico
ID Number
1991.0770.01
catalog number
1991.0770.01
accession number
1991.0770
subject
Christianity
Roman Catholicism
Jesus Christ
Angels
Apostles
Gran Poder de Dios
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Religion
Religion
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
depicted
Morrison, Howard. American Encounters: A Companion to the Exhibition at the National Museum of American History

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