New Mexican Church Corbel, c. 1790s


This architectural bracket, or corbel, made in the 1790s, would have adorned the mission church at Pecos, New Mexico. Established by Spanish Franciscans to convert Pueblo peoples in 1621, the church was rebuilt after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The corbel was excavated by Dr. Ferdinand V. Hayden in 1870 for the U.S. National Museum Bureau of Ethnology, before being transferred to the National Museum of History and Technology – now the National Museum of American History. The site of the Pecos, New Mexico mission church is a National Historic Landmark and State Park. This corbel is made of carved wood, and has painted elements. It would have been part of a horizontal short bracket, built into the mission church’s adobe wall.

Place Made: United States: New MexicoLocation Where Used: United States: New Mexico

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Many Voices, One Nation

Exhibition: Many Voices, One Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CL.009721Accession Number: 1992.0039Catalog Number: 97211992.0039.03

Object Name: Corbel, Church

Physical Description: paint (overall material)wood (overall material)carved (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 9 in x 23 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 59.69 cm x 13.97 cm


Record Id: nmah_664276

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