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  • £380.00

    Skeleton couple (Catrin and Catrina)

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    This set of elegant skulls are inspired by the famous 1910–1913 zinc etching by the Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. The image of the elehant skull lady was offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolution era. La Catrina has become an icon of the Mexican Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Dimensions: Male skull: 7cm (w) x 6cm (d) x 25cm (h) Weight: 0.85 kg Female skull: 5.5cm (w) x 5.5cm (d) x 18.5cm (h) Weight: 0.63 kg
    £380.00
    £380.00
  • Hand carved, hand painted alebrije in the shape of a monkey
    £480.00

    Terracotta Monkey

    A truly wonderful piece from the exceptionally talented Manuel Cruz. This eye-catching monkey alebrije has a terracotta colour face, with gold, green and blue hues head to tail. The intricate patterns are inspired by the pre-hispanic iconography of the region Hand-made in Oaxaca, Mexico Dimensions: 31cm (w) x 14.5cm (d) x 27cm (h) Weight: 780g Detachable tail.
    £480.00
    £480.00
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    £340.00

    Skeleton Lady

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    An amazing 'Catrina' skeleton lady figurine from Oaxaca, Mexico. Elaborately carved from copal wood by artist Manuel Cruz, and beautifully painted by his wife Ruvi Martinez. Manuel is the son of one of the masters of Oaxacan wood carving, Agustin Cruz (acclaimed for his fantastical carvings of toys, nativities and religious icons). He has certainly inherited his father’s talent for precise and complex carvings, but has his own distinctive style. His wife Ruvi Martinez is a talented and innovative painter in her own right. Manuel was awarded first place in the wood carving category in the 2016 MEAPO-FOFA awards for Mexican folk artists, and his pieces are highly sought after by collectors. Dimensions: 12cm (w) x 12cm (d) x 33cm (h) Weight: 0.43kg
    £340.00
    £340.00