New Mexican Folk Art Death Cart FigureAttributed to Frank Applegate (American, 1881-1931)
New Mexico, circa 1925
H. (seated) 38 in.; H. (extended) 50 _ in.
Death carts, with their terrifying figures of La Muerte, are a peculiarly New Mexican art form, appearing in the Holy Week processions of the Brotherhood. In their secret rites, Penitentes dragged the heavy, cumbersome death carts to calvarios, where they commemorated the Crucifixion. The cart represents the power of death during the period between the crucifixion and the resurrection, and the ritual foretells the miracle of ChristÕs ultimate triumph over death.
Note: Cart is missing
Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000
Condition: Figure would have originally sat in a painted cart.