I've been a collector of Mexican feather paintings for decades, and this is the first time I've across a work of art made into a carved wood box. What a treat, as it's getting harder and hard to find these pieces of art made of real bird feathers, given that they can age poorly. But then to combine it with a beautifully carved box is a real treat. Called "arteplumaria" in Spanish, feather paintings pre-date the Spanish entry into Latin America, as the indigenous peoples of that region used feathers to decorate almost every type of ceremonial garment used as well as weapons and art. From a website about this form of art: Certain artisans were given "permission to use feathers of the most sacred bird of the Aztecs, the quetzal, the killing of which was punishable by death. Artisans favored the feathers of the hummingbird and the sword-shaped quetzal feathers due to their brilliant green color, as well as the feathers of the tlauhquechol, a heron that yielded brilliant pink feathers and the zacuán, a yellow coastal bird. A less brilliant green came from parrots, brown from the pajaro vaquero, and black and white feathers from the ayacuán. Red came from a species of macaw." The method of the paintings offered here is a layering technique where feathers are glued onto a flat surface to create a piece with dimension and vivid color. The background tree upon which the bird sits, as well as its beak, are all hand-painted. The box is unlined.
The box measures about 9" across by 4-3/4" deep and 2-1/4" tall including pedestal feet and lid. The image measures about 6-5/8" wide by 3-1/2" tall. Weighs 11.3 ounces. The feather painting may have a bit of wear although altogether the piece is in quite good vintage condition.
Incredible and beautiful art.
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