Batch of papercuts; cut with chisel from white tissue paper; design shows skeleton animals dancing (from left to right snake, horse, chicken, donkey, dog?, lion?); sides serrated; bottom border floral. Used in Day of the Dead Festival.
- Made in: San Salvador Huixcolotla
- (Americas,North America,Mexico,Puebla (state),San Salvador Huixcolotla)
- Height: 48 centimetres
- Width: 69 centimetres
This size of papercut is referred to as "de un pliego", from a full sheet. This type of papercutting is focused especially in San Salvador Huixcolotla. Artists from other areas have copied this style, but San Salvador Huixcolotla remains the centre, with key families such as the Vivancos and the Rojas carrying on the tradition. See Carmichael, Elizabeth and Sayer, Chloë. The Skeleton at the Feast, The Day of the Dead in Mexico. London: British Museum Press, 1991 pp. 101-107 for description of papercutting in San Salvador Huixcolotla.
1991, London, Museum of Mankind, 'The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead'
- Used at: Day of the Dead
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Object reference number: ESA80032
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