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Armlet, one of two, part of 'Diablo' costume, consisting of red dragon design on white background, bordered in red, with tie. Made of leather. Fastens around wearer's wrist.
Length: 16 centimetres
Width: 22.50 centimetres
Depth: 0.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- During the diablada carnival, locals pay homage to Tío or Supay, the lord of the underground world of mines, who is viewed as a heartless overseer, appearing by turns as a Spanish soldier, a rich mine owner or a gringo cowboy. At carnival time, Supay rises to the surface to join other demons in the diablada, the devil dance, which simultaneously integrates ancestral agricultural and Catholic practices and a symbolic world of cultural resistance.
Studied by Nereida Apaza Mamani during her creative research fellowship at the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research (November 2019).
Apaza Mamani, Nereida, Laura Osorio Sunnucks and María Mercedes Martínez Milantchi. 2022. “Invisible Homeland, an Artist Residency at the British Museum” in Mapping a New Museum: Politics and Practice of Latin American Research at the British Museum (ed. Osorio Sunnucks and Cooper),153-161. London: Routledge.
Martínez Milantchi, María Mercedes, Nereida Apaza Mamani, Sharon Pérez, Alice Samson and Laura Osorio Sunnucks. 2021. “Artist Perspectives on the Politics of Andean Negrería Dances”. ReVista, The Harvard Review of Latin America: XX, No.3 (Spring-Summer).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2003 15 Dec-2009 Jun, BM, 'Living and Dying'
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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