This wonderfully expressive santo is carved and painted by JosÚ A. Orta Rivera of Ponce, PR (one of the 5 children of Don Domingo Orta who are carvers.) The piece is both signed and dated by the artisan.
The figure with the base measures just about 8" tall and is painted with a somewhat distressed look that is characteristic of this artisan.
San JosÚ often refers to Christ's father, but another San JosÚ is Saint Joseph of Arimathea, who was present at Christ's crucifixtion, removed his body from the cross and prepared it for burial in his own tomb. Joseph of Arimathea also went with mary Magdalene and others to Gaul (modern day France) to tell Christ's story.