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Andean Hand Tooled Leather Jewelry Box with the Sun God, "Sun God Wiracocha"

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The Inca god Wiracocha stands proud in the firmament to crown a handsome jewelry... more

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The Inca god Wiracocha stands proud in the firmament to crown a handsome jewelry chest. The original divinity of the people of Tiahuanaco, this god emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca. He created the heavens, the earth, and the first generation of giants who inhabited the land in total darkness. Wiracocha is honored in the Inti Raymi, meaning "Festival of the Sun," in Cuzco, symbolizing the eternal consecration between the sun and his children — human beings.

Julio Sanchez crafts the box by hand to imitate a chest with six drawers and an upper compartment with a mirror. It closes with a lock and key. Each side features images of the tumi, a ceremonial blade used in ancient Peru for spiritual sacrifices, crowned with the effigy of a warrior.

  • 3.40 kgs
  • 7.5 lbs
  • 34 cm H x 25.5 cm W x 15.5 cm D
  • 13.5" H x 10" W x 6" D

  • Leather, MDF, cedar trim, glass
  • Equipped with a lock and key
  • Mirror included
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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  • Free Gift Wrap? No
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes

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04/05/2021

"Beautiful Jewelry Box"

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Beautiful jewelry box. Wonderful craftsmanship.

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03/28/2021

"Beautiful!"

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I used to have another leather box that was a gift. This was spoiling myself! It is so beautiful that I will be back to buy a jewelry box from the artist. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely work through Novica!

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01/09/2021

"Beautiful"

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I gave the jewelry box as a gift. My daughter loved it. The craftsmanship was impeccable.

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08/20/2020

"Love!"

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What a wonderful gift for my granddaughter! I am going to purchase one for myself!

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08/13/2020

"Gorgeous"

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Beautifully carved! Only complaint is the box is not totally level. It wobbles a bit unless I put something under one corner.

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07/05/2020

"Heirloom Quality"

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Beautiful design and craftsmanship. An excellent heirloom gift for anyone who appreciates Incan culture and traditions.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

The patience that leather work demands has helped Julio to maintain his workshop. He is constantly training other artisans and encouraging them to move on by opening their own workshops. He provides steady employment to numerous artisans in his community.

Treasured since colonial times, Peruvian leather work is a difficult and demanding art form. Characterized by high relief, it is a style requiring precision and years of practice. At age 12, under the tutelage of his uncle, a master craftsman, Julio began to study the art by learning to apply the final finish to his uncle's pieces. Seeing his love of the craft and his dedication, his uncle began to teach him leather tooling at age 16. To this day. Julio has never tired of his art. He continues to practice and perfect the art of Peruvian leather work, often training many of the artisans, past and present, employed by his workshop.

Julio's Novica sales account for most of his income. These sales enable him to care for his family and provide the steady income he needs to maintain his workshop and employ other artisans.

Julio is deeply committed to the belief that children should have a better life than their parents. Even though his children are grown, he continues to pay for their university studies.

Julio is able to employ two people full-time. He is also able to give work to other artisans who work from their homes.

Julio Sanchez has received a $2050 microcredit loan with 0% interest.

 
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