The San Agustin Museum was put up right next to the Church of San Agustin, in Intramuros, Manila--the only church that survived World War II. It houses some of the most exquisite examples of sacred art in ivory, and these are just some of them:
SANTO NINO DE CEBU
A replica of the original statue venerated in Cebu (Ivory, 18th century)
SAN MIGUEL ARCANGEL
Ivory, 19th century.A gift from nuns to the museum.
Ivory 19th century, attributed to Juan delos Santos
The devotion of Filipinos to their Catholic religion does not only revolve around the church and its rituals but also on images of veneration known as "santos". Introduced during the Spanish colonial times, santos, often of wood or precious ivory, are sacred to most Filipinos, lavishly processioned during Lent, fiestas and other holidays. Whether they be products of unschooled hands or of trained master carvers, santos have come to be cherished as part of every Filipino family's home. Through new and old santo articles & reprints, vintage photos, personal stories and interviews, this blog honors these treasured images of faith and celebrates the exuberant art of the Filipino santero that still lives on today.