San Rafael Arcángel

Rafael is one of several archangels (high-ranking angels) who exist in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. The story of Rafael is found in the Book of Tobit, found in the Bibles of Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians. Devotees of St. Raphael the Archangel consider him the traveler's guide, guardian of youth, and the archangel charged with healing humankind and the Earth. This santo was made early in the 20th century by Juan Cartagena in the town of Orocovis.
Description (Spanish)
Rafael es uno de los varios arcángeles (ángeles de alta jerarquía) presentes en las tradiciones cristiana, judía y musulmana. La historia de Rafael se halla en el libro de Tobit, el cual se incluye únicamente en la Biblia de los cristianos católicos y ortodoxos occidentales. Los devotos de San Rafael lo consideran como guía de los viajeros, guardián de los jóvenes y arcángel capaz de aliviar a la humanidad y a la tierra. Este santo data de principios del siglo XX y fue tallado por Juan Cartagena en el pueblo de Orocovis.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Saint Raphael
Cartagena Martinez, Juan
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood; paint; plaster; paper (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
plaster (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 47 cm x 24.2 cm x 19 cm; 18 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Guayama, Orocovis
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Saint Raphael the Archangel
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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