papercut / banner
Banner of papercuts; cut with chisel from tissue paper; paper folded over string and glued; white design shows smoking skulls on coffin; fuchsia design shows La Catrina head and torso (skeleton wearing wide-brimmed hat with feathers on top) on coffin; green design shows skeleton goalkeeper and goalpost at left; skeleton football player at right; yellow design shows La Catrina head and upper body (skeleton wearing wide-brimmed hat with feathers on top, fan in left hand); red design shows girl on left, coconut palm on right; white design shows skeleton man wearing sombrero and serape (sarape in Spanish), skeleton woman in skirt dancing; green design shows kneeling angel at right, cross at left; fuchsia design shows La Catrina head and torso (skeleton wearing wide-brimmed hat with feathers on top) on coffin; yellow design shows La Catrina head and upper body (skeleton wearing wide-brimmed hat with feathers on top, fan in left hand); red design shows girl on left, coconut palm on right. Used in Day of the Dead Festival.
- Made in: San Salvador Huixcolotla
- (Americas,North America,Mexico,Puebla (state),San Salvador Huixcolotla)
- Height: 37 centimetres (folded flat)
- Width: 47.5 centimetres (folded flat)
This size of papercut is referred to as "medio pliego", from a half 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: ESA80079
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