San Rafael Arcángel

This santo represents St. Raphael the Archangel, the traveler's guide, guardian of youth, and the archangel charged with healing humankind and the Earth. 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, in the Bibles of Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians.
Description (Spanish)
Este santo representa a San Rafael Arcángel, guía de los viajeros, guardián de los jóvenes y arcángel encargado de aliviar a la humanidad y a la tierra. 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.
Currently not on view
Date made
late 19th-early 20th century
Saint Raphael
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Arecibo, Morovis
Physical Description
wood; paint; metal (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 19.4 cm x 13.5 cm x 6.2 cm; 7 5/8 in x 5 5/16 in x 2 7/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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