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3-D Wood Hanging Box/Retablo Mexico Folk Art Religious Décor Handmade Saints #2

$ 279.99
  • Three Dimensional Wood Box/Retablo. 

  • Measurements:
  • Height- 21 1/2"
  • Wide- 15"
  • Thick- 4"

  • This lovely Three Dimensional retablo/box has carved saints hand painted with off gold and other beautiful colors.
  • It is made of rustic wood and hand carved by Salvador Vargas Molina and his family from Pasquaro, Michoacán, Mexico. This form of religious folk art, typically portraying Christian saints, painted on a panel, and hung in a church or chapel is found especially in Spain and Mexico.

  • The retablo is carved with details and hand painted with gold, blues, red and purple colors. Please see close up photos.
  • These lovely retablos are made of pieces of fallen wood or found wood.
  • The artisans then carve the pillars and other details on the wood.

  • You can put the retablo on a table or hang it on the wall. There is a hook on the back.

  • Retablos are important to Mexican folk religion because they are a physical representation of holy images such as Christ, the Virgin Mother, or one of the many thousands of saints. They come from the need humans have to interact on a personal level with divine spirits. Retablos are evidentiary support for communication between the divine and humans.

  • This tradition of retablos was also brought into Mexico, New Mexico and southern Colorado by Franciscan friars. Due to the remoteness of this frontier and lack of metals, retablos were made of wood. These crude retablos were coated with a gesso made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Pigments also were made locally from natural materials, colored earths, plant extracts, cochineal bugs, and lamp black.

  • A retablo is a devotional painting, especially a small popular or folk art one using iconography derived from traditional Catholic church art. Typically this includes painting, sculpture or a combination of the two, and an elaborate framework enclosing it.

  • The Latin etymology of the Spanish word means "board behind"

  • Wonderful gift for yourself or to someone special.

  • We will pack your retablo extremely and insure it.

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