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Religious Retablo Sculpture Handamade in Peru, "Virgin of Guadalupe"

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Surrounded by flowers, the Virgin of Guadalupe is queen of the heavens. She... more

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Surrounded by flowers, the Virgin of Guadalupe is queen of the heavens. She first appeared in Mexico in 1531 and, as proof of her visit, caused roses to bloom at the site. Named Patron Saint of the Americas by Pope John Paul II, she is a beloved manifestation of the Catholic faith. Alejandro Chávez recreates the portrait that appeared miraculously on the tilma (cactus fiber cloak) of Saint Juan Diego in 1531. He creates the image in a traditional diorama known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled and painted by hand.

  • 0.55 kgs
  • 1.2 lbs
  • Open: 24 cm H x 29 cm W x 8.5 cm D
  • Open: 9.5" H x 11.5" W x 3.3" D
  • Closed: 24 cm H x 14 cm W x 9 cm D
  • Closed: 9.5" H x 5.5" W x 3.5" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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167

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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04/27/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Gorgeous piece! Great craftsmanship!

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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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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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From Delaware, USA

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04/01/2021

"Charming folk art"

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A beautiful work of art. Cant wait to give this gift.

Purchased Item:

Great Day, Nativity scene

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03/30/2021

"Beautiful Creche Retablo"

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This is a very detailed, beautiful retablo rendition of the nativity story with colorful details from S. American culture. It has been displayed many times at the annual Christmas Creche Exhibit held every year in Palo Alto, CA. I am proud to have it as part of my nativity collection.

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Chapel of Huamanga, Retablo

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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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