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These...statues were first created in the 17th century for home altars where they were used as a tool for prayer in villages that didn't have a priest...[t]oday, they also make striking folk art decor
JOHNSON CITY, TN, November 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- SantosCageDoll.com, the world's largest online retail store of its kind, has just launched its first Santos Doll collection - The Saintly Seven. These awe-inspiring statues are fashioned after antique Catholic originals and can be shipped anywhere in the world.
An online retail-only store from Southern Dutch located in Johnson City, Tennessee, SantosCageDoll.com features the world's widest retail selection of antique-style Santos Dolls (the company's Saintly Seven Santos Cage Doll range is exclusive to the US). These folk art statues were first created in the 17th century for home altars where they were used as a tool for prayer in villages that did not have a priest and were also often carried in religious processions. Today, they also make striking folk art decor and have been sold to people from all walks of life, including royalty.
The Santos Dolls are created in the image of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the patron saints and the reproductions are hand carved and painted with incredible attention to detail; some dolls are basic and rustic, others refined and dainty. European Santos dolls were originally brought to Latin America during the Spanish Colonial period when they were used to help convert Native Americans to Catholicism. Antiques in good condition are rare and very expensive, sometimes reaching five figures. In recent years, folk art has emerged to replace these dolls. As the art form has progressed, the Santos has become recognized as a true artistic doll. The dolls, particularly the females, exhibit a loving, thoughtful expression. They are often painted in rich colors with detailed eyes.
SantosCageDoll.com has the world's widest selection of reproduction Santos Dolls and carries a wide range of saintly crowns and milagros, as well as halo- and wing-kits to adorn your Santos.
'The Saintly Seven' SantosCageDoll.com Collection is comprised of five Santos Cage Dolls, one folk art Santos angel, and one Virgin Mary Santos mannequin. Click here to see the collection, priced from $137 to $197.
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