Vintage folk art pottery angel Chancay doll by Peruvian Claudio Jimenez Day of the Dead art

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Here we have a rare three-dimensional pottery child angel--an interpretation of the Andean tradition of the "Chancay doll"--by well-known Peruvian folk artist Claudio Jimenez. From a website about this unique tradition: “'Chancay dolls' are folk art figures made by contemporary indigenous and Mestizo (mixed indigenous and Spanish) cultures of the Andean region in South America. The figures are modeled after ancient cloth soft sculptures found in the graves of elite Chancay people, whose culture flourished in the central coastal desert region of Peru during the Late Intermediate period (1000-1460 CE)...A controversial aspect of contemporary “Chancay doll” figures is that they usually incorporate, or are even primarily composed of, fragments of ancient textiles. Because the graves of ancient cultures in the Andean region have been terribly looted, broken remnants of artifacts and scraps of ancient textiles often litter the surface of burial grounds; local residents gather up the cloth remnants and use them to dress these figures."

Jimenez's version of the "Chancay doll" is clay, not fiber. This clay figure was purchased by a collector who bought the pieces in the 1980s then recently sold them via an estate sale. This "Chancay doll" sculpture measures just about 11" long by about 2-1/2" across at the widest point by just over 2" deep. The piece is In great vintage condition.

Truly rare piece for the lover of Latin American folk art.

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