Papercut; cut with chisel from tissue paper; design shows La Catrina figure (skeleton wearing wide-brimmed hat with feathers on top, fan in right hand, handbag over left shoulder), batch of flowers along right border; sides serrated, bottom border floral; a) yellow; b) dark pink. Used in Day of the Dead Festival.
- Made in: San Salvador Huixcolotla
- (Americas,North America,Mexico,Puebla (state),San Salvador Huixcolotla)
- Height: 72.5 centimetres
- Width: 49 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; Fig. 107 p. 103 shows Maurilio Rojas at work.
- Used at: Day of the Dead
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Object reference number: ESA80053
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