New Mexican Church Corbel, c. 1790s

New Mexican Church Corbel, c. 1790s

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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.
Object Name
Corbel, Church
place made
United States: New Mexico
location where used
United States: New Mexico
Physical Description
paint (overall material)
wood (overall material)
carved (overall production method/technique)
overall: 9 in x 23 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 59.69 cm x 13.97 cm
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accession number
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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