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  • Description

    Batch of papercuts; cut with chisel from fuchsia tissue paper; design shows skeleton man wearing sombrero and gun, holding knife in right hand, bottle in left hand, La Catrina figure (skeleton wearing wide-brimmed hat with feathers on top, fan in right hand, handbag over left shoulder), two birds facing each other; side and bottom border floral. Used in Day of the Dead Festival.


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  • Date

    • 1980s
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 198.5 centimetres
    • Width: 42 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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
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  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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