Figure of the Madonna & Child
Santa Margarita (1622)
A small bronze figurine from the wreck of the 1622 galleon Santa Margarita depicts the Madonna and Child. The piece was badly worn by the action of sand and sea during its long submersion, giving the figures a ghostly appearance. Pins on the back of the figurine once held an aura or halo that emphasized the holiness of Mary and Jesus, fragments of which survive. The piece is 6.0 centimeters tall.