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Mar 16, 2016

Restoring The Sacred

Restoring The Sacred

A look at artists still working on traditional religious art in El Salvador. There used to be more workshops engaged in the work of restoring statues of saints, but only four remain today as the labor-intensive craft is no longer a popular choice of profession.

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Jose Sabas Gomez works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez's son Miguel Sabas works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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A 150-year-old statue of El Jesus Nazareno is unwrapped by members of the Santa Catarina brotherhood in Izalco, El Salvador, March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Manuel de Jesus Quilizapa works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Izalco, El Salvador March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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A statue of an angel which is ready to be restored is seen at Jose Sabas Gomez's workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador, March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Manuel de Jesus Quilizapa works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Izalco, El Salvador March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez's woodcarving tools are displayed in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez's son Miguel Sabas makes markings on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Relatives of Manuel de Jesus Quilizapa work on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Izalco, El Salvador March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Manuel de Jesus Quilizapa and relatives work on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Izalco, El Salvador March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez applies talcum powder to a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez pastes eyelashes to a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Unfinished wooden pieces are seen at Manuel de Jesus Quilizapa's workshop in Izalco, El Salvador, March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez's son Miguel Sabas works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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A set of wooden hands is seen at Jose Sabas Gomez's workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Manuel de Jesus Quilizapa works on a statute of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Izalco, El Salvador, March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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An assistant of Manuel de Jesus Quilizapa adjusts the head of a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Izalco, El Salvador March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Manuel de Jesus Quilizapa works on a statue of El Jesus Nazareno in his workshop in Izalco, El Salvador March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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A 150-year-old statue of El Jesus Nazareno is wrapped in plastic to protect it at the Santa Catarina brotherhood in Izalco, El Salvador, March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Religius statues are kept in a small museum at Jose Sabas Gomez's workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador, March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez rests in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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A statue of El Jesus Nazareno is seen at Jose Sabas Gomez's workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador, March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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A woman prays at El Jesus Nazareno Brotherhood in Izalco, El Salvador March 11, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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Jose Sabas Gomez displays a shield salvaged from a demolished church in his workshop in Apastepeque, El Salvador March 9, 2016. JOSE CABEZAS/REUTERS

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