Ceramic "Day of the Dead" Doll Catrina Mexican Folk Art Handmade Collectible
- Height- 18 1/2"
- Width- 6 1/2" (including arms)
- Length of cord on her head- 7"
- This wonderful Catrina is made by a small company of women in Jalisco, Mexico.
- The company first molds the skeleton's face and arms, then they link the pieces together. Next, they fashion bits of material to make the costumes, hair pieces and other additions to the Catrina.
- This doll has an orange/rosy (Color changes according to light)satin dress with black lace over the dress. She has cloth flowers in her hair along with a boa on her shoulder.
- There is a red cloth heart on her chest. Her hair is made of black yarn gathered with a red bow with a flower.
La Catrina as we know her originated with Jose Guadalupe Posada, considered the father of Mexican printmaking.
Born in 1852, he apprenticed to a local print maker and publisher when he was just 14. His famous black and white drawings depict the absurdity of taking life, and power-mad dictators like Porfirio Diaz, too seriously.
Posada's lyrical and theatrical political cartoons have delighted people throughout Mexico for more than a century and, because of their timeless expressive quality, many of the images continue to be published worldwide.
La Catrina," a skeletal woman fancifully dressed in a plumed floral bonnet, is among his most famous esqueleto/ skeleton. He also wanted people to know that even the rich die as any commoner.
The skeleton figures in Posada's work all live a life of their own, actively pursuing the Revolution, or out for a bicycle ride, while dressed for a fancy ball dresses, making them synonymous with the Day of the Dead.