Cordero de Dios
2007
38" x 26.5" x 16.75"
Devotional Objects, Tabernacle of Patina stamped tin with repousse Lamb of God
Region: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Signed verso
The art of the tinsmith flourished in New Mexico from about 1840 to 1915. During this period Hispanic tinsmiths primarily made devotional objects that reflected the Roman Catholicism of the Spanish Southwest, but they also made a limited number of more secular objects. They used shapes derived from architecture as well as immensely fanciful designs of their own invention.
New Mexican tinsmiths adapted and altered old Spanish leather-working punches to decorate the surface of the tin, stamping it from the front of embossing it from the back. Some of the dies were sharpened and used to cut scalloped edges, and a dull knifelike tool was used to score straight lines on the tine.

About the Artist
Christine Montaño Carey hails from Las Vegas, N.M., and has had a varied career in the arts as a painter, art teacher, gallery owner, and artist. She has owned several galleries, including in Santa Fe, Laguna Beach, Calif., Carmel, Calif., Aspen, Colo., and Austin, Texas.

Her acrylic painting “ Autumn Sunset In The Land of Enchantment” was chosen as the official poster for the 2016 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Her focus in the past 20 years has been in the Spanish Colonial art forms, including retablos and tin work.