The Spanish Custom of Vesting Statues

There is an old custom in Spain and her colonies, the practice of clothing statues. Visitors to Spain notice this right away, with many statues in churches commonly vested with articles of clothing. This includes statues of canonized priests and even miniature statues of Christ in sacerdotal vestments. This custom is not so common in Rome, but is occasionally seen throughout the world with statues of Our Lady vested with a mantle and veil, especially for annual outdoor processions. 

The atelier Sagrada Imalan in the Philippines has shared these images on their Facebook page, seen here. Following are various images of the same statue of St. Ignatius, photographed from different angles.  The quality and detail of the alb and chasuble is impressive. A similar statue in mini-vestments can be seen in Rome at a side altar of San Salvatore in Lauro. It is encouraging to see a revival of this custom, with a new atelier to continue the tradition. We wish Sagrada Imalan all our best and commend them for their fine work.  


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