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Wood retablo, 'Virgin Mary' - Painted Wood Retablo Andes Folk Art Handmade in Peru

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Painted Wood Retablo Andes Folk Art Handmade in Peru, "Virgin Mary"

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Surrounded by an array of flowers, rays of light burst in a halo about the Virgin Mary. Alejandro Chávez shows her expression of loving concern for her son, Jesus, and for mankind. Known as a retablo, this traditional diorama is housed in a colorful chest crafted of wood and painted. Chávez carefully models each figure from ceramic plaster and paints them by hand.

  • 0.73 kgs
  • 1.6 lbs
  • 23.5 cm H x 13.5 cm W x 8.5 cm D
  • 9.25" H x 5.25" W x 3.3" D

  • MDF, ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Clean with a soft, dry cloth
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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169

Pam

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02/16/2020

"Look at it every day"

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Beautiful home made retablo love love love it, lovely colours fabulous expression on Mary

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Suezy

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09/29/2019

"My third one! Yes, theyre that good!"

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I bought the first one for myself as a confirmation gift because one of our Deacons, in a class for new Catholics, said every Catholic home must have a few things - one of them was a statue or photo or painting, etc., of our Blessed Mother Mary. I bought the second for a woman in my Bible study, who is from Peru and just moved into a new home. I bought the third one for my sister, because when she saw a photo of mine, she fell in love with it - not for the religious appeal, but from a folk art perspective - and after looking at many online, I cant agree more. I watched the video of how the artisan makes the retablo and it added even greater value to it. I simply love them. I love the scene behind Mary - the high mountains, and the flowers, in a wooden box with doors. I mounted mine on a wall in my home office and see it from where I sit. Im buying the next one as a thank you gift for a close friend who I will be visiting in a few weeks.

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Susan

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01/02/2017

"Even nicer than the photo"

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This is a very beautiful retablo. It has a lovely antique look. I love the reverence for the image.

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Peter

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07/31/2018

"centre of devotion"

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a private shrine of love

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Elizabeth

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09/28/2017

"Retablo"

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Love it.

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Elizabeth

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09/04/2017

"Mary retablo"

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It is lovely and I know will be appreciated.

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Sister
  • Occasion: 'just because'

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

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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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Liliana

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04/11/2021

"Beautiful and colorful"

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This mirror is so pretty. I really enjoy looking at it.

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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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