This is a retablo (traditional New Mexican style painting on wood) of San Jose. He is holding the Christ child in one hand and a flowering (hollyhock) staff in the other. Hollyhocks are known in New Mexico as “las varas de San Jose”. According scriptures in the apocrypha (books found in some editions of the Bible) San Jose was chosen because he was of the tribe of Judah, and the house of David & also stood out among other suitors because of the flower like design on the top of his staff. So, in NM we do hollyhocks. The Christ child wears a red robe because he will one day atone for all makind & become the sacrificial Lamb of God. The scriptures say that Joseph was a carpenter. I’ve included carpenter tools in the background. San Jose is the Catholic church’s patron saint of fathers, families, orphans, those seeking sanctuary, carpenters, and workers.