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Unique Wood Retablo Folk Art Mask Theme Sculpture, "Mask Collection"

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A brilliant painted wood box opens to reveal handcrafted masks. Used during the... more

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A brilliant painted wood box opens to reveal handcrafted masks. Used during the Carnival celebrations preceding Lent, they show an astonishing array of animals, human and fantasy faces. Alejandro Chávez displays them in a traditional diorama, known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled by hand.

  • 1.17 kgs
  • 2.6 lbs
  • 28 cm H x 21 cm W x 8.5 cm D
  • 11" H x 8.25" W x 3.3" D

  • MDF, ceramic
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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165

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06/17/2016

"Never gets old"

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It's been prominently displayed for nearly 10 years and I still enjoy finding little nuances of the masks.

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Mask Collection, Unique Wood Retablo Folk Art Mask Theme Sculpture

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11/15/2016

"EXCITING ART TO ADD TO MY COLLECTION!"

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Beautiful, colorful, exactly like the picture. Bigger then I expected. Very well built and so cool. Makes me happy just looking at it!

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09/11/2016

"A beautiful addition to my home"

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This is a stunning piece of handicraft work. I enjoy the retablo very much.

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Mask Collection, Unique Wood Retablo Folk Art Mask Theme Sculpture

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09/19/2020

"Absolutely beautiful"

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After I saw the Peruvian film Retablo on Netflix with its scenes showing the craftsmanship that goes in to these captivating pieces, I was excited to see retablos from Peru on Novica. The colors are so deep, and I admire the work done in creating each miniature mask.

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08/02/2020

"Beautiful"

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I have many retablos and this one is by far my favorite. I love the muted colors of it.

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10/27/2019

"Lovely piece"

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Retablo is among my favorite pieces!

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Mask Collection, Unique Wood Retablo Folk Art Mask Theme Sculpture

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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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Blue Nativity, Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art

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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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04/01/2021

"Charming folk art"

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

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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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03/01/2021

"Beautiful in Simplicity"

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The artist masterfully introduces Peruvian peasants to the Birth of Jesus.

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01/24/2021

"A gorgeous gift!"

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Sent this to my brother for Christmas. He and his family LOVE it. Many thanks

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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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