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Retablo, 'Chapel of Quinua' - Collectible Peruvian Wood Multicolor Retablo Sculpture

Product ID: 61308

Collectible Peruvian Wood Multicolor Retablo Sculpture, "Chapel of Quinua"

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Celestial scenes inhabit the upper composition of this altar, as figures in... more

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Celestial scenes inhabit the upper composition of this altar, as figures in traditional Andean attire celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ beneath a rich, floral canopy. This form of Peruvian folk art is known as the retablo, especially characteristic of the Ayacucho region. The frame is crafted by hand from wood, while Alejandro Chávez fills the shelves with tiny ceramic characters painted to joyous perfection.

  • 0.97 kgs
  • 2.1 lbs
  • 31 cm H x 18 cm W x 8 cm D
  • 12.25" H x 7" W x 3.2" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Color(s) may vary slightly
  • Motif(s) may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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Daniel

From Houston, Texas USA

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09/28/2017

"Quintessential artistry from Peru"

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This item is colorful and such a perfect example of the work we have come to love over the years from this wonderful country and its artisans. Perfect for my collection and would make a wonderful gift. Sharing the incarnation of Christ as well as a great story of this craft.

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Chapel of Quinua, Collectible Peruvian Wood Multicolor Retablo Sculpture

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Yvonne

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08/13/2021

"Beautiful!"

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I love this! Especially the fact that its handmade. I know that a lot of hard work went into it and it shows. Its the perfect gift. I also love that its not very big.

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Handmade

Best Uses

  • Christmas gift

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Sister
  • Occasion: Christmas

Steve

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06/19/2021

"Lots of color!"

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Very detailed and original. Thanks!

Best Uses

  • table or alter

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Madge

From West Los Angeles

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04/28/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Love this mask piece. Excellent workmanship.

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Anna

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04/27/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Gorgeous piece! Great craftsmanship!

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Liliana

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04/11/2021

"A beautiful work of art!"

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Love it and was a wonderful addition to my collection.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Novica sales provide Alejandro's family workshop with a steady cash flow. These sales account for nearly half of their monthly income, helping to ensure their survival. Markets and other seasonal outlets provide supplemental income that contributes to their annual living expenses. In the coming years, Alejandro hopes to grow his workshop and better his family by increasing his Novica sales.

At school in Ayacucho, Alejandro began to learn the indigenous art of Andean retableria. Seeking to refine his craft, he apprenticed at the workshop of Angel Castro to learn the secrets of a master retablista. Upon his teacher's death, Alejandro founded his own workshop. There he began to incorporate his wife's modeled figures into his traditional retablos. Today Alejandro's nephews are his apprentices and his family workshop continues to craft their beloved retablos, which recount the culture and traditions of the Andes.

One year away from his 50th birthday, Alejandro and his wife adopted a son and a daughter (Jose and Carol) from their hometown. Today Alejandro continues to provide for the education of his children and his grandchild, who joined the family in 2018. His daughter Carol is studying accounting and his son Jose is at the police academy.

Alejandro Chavez has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $800 and the most recent for $1100. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials such as plaster, ceramic, plywood and paint.

This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.

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