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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Batch of papercuts; cut with chisel from blue tissue paper; design shows La Catrina figure (skeleton wearing wide-brimmed hat with feathers on top, fan in right hand) on either side of coffin with cross on top; sides serrated; six semicircles with geometric pattern along bottom border. Used in Day of the Dead Festival.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1980s
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 centimetres
    • Width: 72.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated events

    • Used at: Day of the Dead
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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