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  • Collection of Santos from Guatemala
    458,640
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  • Nicho with San Antonio, Guatemala
    739,960
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  • Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico, ca. 1900
    456,960
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  • Virgen Inmaculada, Guatemala
    440,960
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  • Santiago, Guatemala, ca. 1900
    554,960
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    612,960
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  • Articulated saint/Virgen de Vestir, Guatemala, ca. 1900
    307,960
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  • Anonymous, articulated angel, Guatemala, ca. 1900
    331,960
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  • Nazareno, Bolivia, ca. 1940
    563,960
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  • Christ Head, Guatemala, 19th century
    372,640
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  • Female Articulated Saint, Guatemala
    235,622
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  • Virgen de vestir, western Guatemala
    425,960
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  • Nicho 01, Bolivia, ca. 1950
    1175,960
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  • Nicho 02, Bolivia, ca. 1950
    1142,960
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  • Nicho 03, Bolivia, ca. 1950
    940,960
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  • Nicho 04, Bolivia, ca. 1950
    788,960
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  • Stone Virgin, 18th century, Mexico
    This unusual piece, carved from vulcanic stone, has the date year 1741 inscribed on its side. Despite the suggestion of a European-style garment, the sculpture more closely resembles a pre-Columbian deity than a Christian saint or virgin. The "primitive" style of the sculpture suggests that its maker was an indigenous artist.
    546,960
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  • Antique Traveling Altar Containing Holy Family, Pernambuco, Brazil
    This stunning antique piece (see next image for a different view) is a portable altar /Oratório de Viagem which the traveler, often a person traveling on business, would take with him and set up in his temporary accomodations in order to say his daily prayers. It thus functions as a temporary version of the typical household altar popular in Latin America. This particular traveling altar (ca. early 20th century) was collected in Pernambuco in Brazil's Northeast. It is both a superb piece of sacred and and of Brazilian folk art from this region.
    290,640
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  • Traveling altar, Pernambuco, Brazil
    See previous image
    488,640
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  • Corpus Christi celebration headdress, Ecuador, ca. 1960
    The Corpus Christi celebration in Pujili, Cotopaxi Province, in the Andean highlands of Ecuador, is a syncretic pageant that blends Catholic rites with pre-Hispanic belief systems. It is famous for its  costumes and glittering headdresses that are striking assemblages of recycleds objects. This stunning piece incorporates beads, ribbons, tinfoil, plastic dolls, mirrors, buttons, coins, feathers and more.

     

    740,960
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  • Religious painting on wood, Guatemala, 19th century
    718,960
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  • Saint, Ecuador, ca 1920's
    770,960
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  • Saint, Mexico, ca. 1900
    330,960
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  • Nazareno, Guatemala, ca. 1950
    403,960
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  • Female Saint, Pernambuco, Brazil
    452,960
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  • San Isidro Labrador, Santo/Saint Carving from Guatemala, 19th century
    San Isidro (San Isidro Labrador) is the patron saint of farmers. He is usually depicted plowing a field with a team of oxen. According to legend he was a particularly devout farm worker who was able to fulfill his daily prayers while an angel was plowing the field for him. This unique 19th century sculpture shows him in Spanish colonial dress with a diminutive pair of oxen at his feet. It is  a superb piece of Guatemalan sacred art from the period.
    676,960
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  • Saint, Guatemala, ca. 1900
    668,960
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  • Santa Librada, tin retablo, ca. 1900, Zacatecas, Mexico
    472,640
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  • San Miguel (naif representation), western highlands
    434,960
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  • San Miguel, Guatemala
    437,960
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  • Peruvian Nicho, ca. 1940's
    1114,960
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  • Victor Caceres: Ermita - Assemblage of Flowers, Seeds, Stones

    Victor Teodoro Caceres was born in Tilcara in the Province of Jujuy, Argentina around 1940. His native region is a province in Argentina’s remote northwest populated by indigenous Quechua villages and surrounded my desert landscapes and stunning multi-colored rock formations. Spanish colonial traditions are very much alive there today, along with indigenous cults.

     

    For decades, Caceres worked diligently to adapt his town’s Semana Santa (Holy Week) ritual to his own ideas and transform it into something else altogether. While traditionally this week is marked by elaborate processions with realistic effigies of Christ and saints being carried through the streets retracing the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross), Caceres had a different vision for his town. Expanding on an existing regional custom of using  fresh flowers to make perishable sculptures of Christ, he worked for decades to create an alternative visual language. Throughout the year he combined dried flowers with local seeds, sand and minerals into stunning religious images depicting the Passion of Christ. In doing so he blended the Iberian iconography with an indigenous aesthetic while using as raw materials the earth itself - the sacred realm of the Quechua mother of all creations. The results of this syncretic process are astonishing assemblages - religious shrines vibrating color and texture, typically framed with the earthy wood of the skeleton cactus that grows abundantly in this region. These portable altars are the icons that have been featured in the annual Holy Week procession in Tilcara for decades now. 

     

    Victor Caceres keeps working. He has created his own sanctuary for these works, open to the public year around: the Museo de Ermitas (Museum of Shrines.)

    641,960
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  • 537,960
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  • San Miguel, Guatemala,
    551,960
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  • San Pascual, Folk Saint/Santo Popular from Guatemala ca. 1890
    This rare, exquisitely carved figure depicts San Pascual ("El Rey San Pascual"), a folk saint venerated throughout Mayan Guatemala although not approved by the Catholic church. He rules over the graveyward and is believed to cure infectuous diseases. Possibly a composite of pre-Hispanic death figures, he is represented as a skeleton, sometimes wearing a cape and crown and carrying a scythe. This stunning antique piece is articulated and depicts the saint with all his attributes.
    615,960
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  • Santos de Vestir, Guatemala
    609,960
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  • Saint, Pernambuco, Brazil
    478,960
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  • Santa Luzia, Brazil
    478,960
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  • San Benito, Brazil
    470,960
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  • Virgen, Bolovia, 1940's
    529,960
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Santos / Nichos /Retablos/ Sacred Art

 

“All over Latin America, there is a sacred geography, known mainly to the faithful.” (Marion Oettinger, curator, “Visiones del Pueblo – The Folk Art of Latin America”, exhibition catalog, p. 29)  Throughout Latin America, much of the folk art reflects popular expressions of faith. It is almost impossible to view Latin American popular art forms outside a religious or spiritual context. In many regions where the way of life is still pre-industrial, but also in urban areas, religious faith serves to make sense of the general order of things, to cope with adversity and provide a refuge from hardship, death, disease, accidents.

Often created by indigenous or non-European artists but based on European colonial models, carved and sculpted saints, santos or bultos, virgins, Christs, nichos (traveling or household shrines), retablos, milagros, ex-votos and religious paintings have provided believers with tangible symbols of their Catholic or syncretic faith. This was, and in many places continues to be, the case especially in rural areas where religion is often of a homemade variety incorporating pre-Hispanic or non-European belief systems and aesthetics.

 

The MARIPOSA collection features many outstanding examples of Latin American sacred art from various different countries and cultures. 

 

More pieces are available than shown in this portfolio.

 

More information and pricing upon request: be.echols@gmail.com

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