Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria

This wooden figure of La Virgen de la Candelaria was made by Genaro Rivera in the town of Morovis in the early 1900s. This saint is especially popular in Puerto Rican cultural traditions and folk religion. Many of the first settlers to Puerto Rico came originally from the Canary Islands, bringing with them their patron saint, the Virgen de la Candelaria, the Virgin of Candlemas.
Description (Spanish)
Esta figura de madera de la Virgen de la Candelaria fue tallada por Genaro Rivera en el pueblo de Morovis al comienzo del siglo XX. Este es un santo particularmente popular dentro de la tradición cultural y religiosa puertorriqueña. La Virgen de la Candelaria era el santo patrono de muchos de los primeros colonos, oriundos de las Islas Canarias, que emigraron a Puerto Rico.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Rivera Aviles, Genaro
Rivera Aviles, Genaro
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood; paint (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 24.4 cm x 13 cm x 6.9 cm; 9 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 2 11/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Arecibo, Morovis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Puerto Rico
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Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Our Lady of Candlemas
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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