"El Gran Poder de Dios" Niche

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
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)
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
catalog number
accession number
Roman Catholicism
Jesus Christ
Gran Poder de Dios
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Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Morrison, Howard. American Encounters: A Companion to the Exhibition at the National Museum of American History

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