145.0. Relicario (Reliquary)
This seems to be a santero subject as such wherein the artist depicts the reliquary and its content, a relic of some saint, shown in the form of his or her body. See TM 1136 in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, where a dead male Franciscan in shown lying in a monstrance-like reliquary. Reliquaries occur commonly in early eighteenth century New Mexican inventories.