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NAHUA INDIAN LACQUER ART (MEXICAN) - $1 (Wellington)

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These fine pieces were hand done by 2 of the most famous of Nahua Indian artists. The mother and son team of Margarito Carillo and Reynaldo Guerrero. Reynaldo is 68 years old, I am not sure if Margarito is still alive. The hand work involved in this art is amazing, and of the finest quality.

Many are sold, so please let me know if you want to see what I have left.


the large pieces are ~20x28 (height/width depends on whether they are horizontal or vertical pieces)

the small pieces are ~12x16 (height/width depends on whether they are horizontal or vertical pieces)

Prices:

Large (I also have one other large piece in blue) - $300 each

Small ones - $150 each

Plates - $150 each

Call if you want to come by and see them

Andy


ABOUT NAHUA INDIAN LACQUER ART:

The Nahua Indians of Mexico are direct descendants of the Aztecs. If you visit one of their remote villages in the Sierra Madre Mountains in the state of Guerrero you will hear the ancient language Nahuati, spoken instead of Spanish.

The lacquer art for which the village artists of Olinala have received international acclaim dates back several centuries and was strongly influenced by Oriental art traded by the Spanish and Carried in Galleons to Acapulco.

To begin the process the women of Olinala spend several days each year extracting a delicious oil by toasting Chia seeds, which are then ground down and squeezed through a linen cloth. A paste called Chamati is prepared by mixing Chia oil with two ground minerals: red lead oxide and carbonate of magnesium. Some artisans add whole garlic, which adds to the brilliance of the lacquer.

The Chimati is then smeared with the finger onto a gourd or wood surface and later dusted with calcium carbonate powder using a deer's tail brush. Immediately the piece is polished using a piece of smooth agate or small glass bottle. One polished a mixture is made of ground minerals and earth pigments and rubbed several times in order to form a consistent coating over the piece. The work is left to dry and then another color is built up and the piece is polished with a stiff cotton cloth to obtain brilliance.

The surface is then carved with sharp cactus needles attached to feathers to reach the first color and then, with sticks of quills a painted pointillism effect may be created and the animals and plants may be outlined in fine cat hair brushes.

Nahua Indian lacquer art is a fine example of the folk art that Nelson Rockefeller avidly collected in the 1940's and 1950's and is exhibited in folk art museums throughout the world.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME HAVE BEEN SOLD, SO PLEASE ASK ABOUT A PARTICUALR PIECE

THEY ARE SO MUCH BETTER IN PERSON AS WELL!!


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