This whimsical folk art three-dimensional wood carving of a rooster is by New Mexico folk artist Charles Sanchez of Pecos, NM, located north of Santa Fe. Pecos is an ancient location, settled since at least the 8th Century and at one time a multi-story pueblo home to Indian tribes in 1450 AD. Spanish settlers arrived in the 16th Century, and by 1846, the area (along with all of New Mexico) became part of US territory. Today there are ruins from the indigenous pueblo, and there is a town that dates to the Spanish occupation. Like many parts of New Mexico, there is a strong blend of cultures in Pecos, and you can see that mix in this charming piece. The form slightly resembles Navajo folk art chickens, and at the same time the style of painting is reminiscent of the kind of pieces one might see in Santa Fe's Spanish Market, which honors traditional Spanish Colonial arts. The painted body simple yet the swift and almost crude strokes have such movement, almost like real feathers. One thing we can say is the piece is uniquely New Mexican, a state like no other in the nation, with traditions one sees in Native American, Spanish Colonial, and Mexican traditions. And that is because these traditions were shared among all of those peoples due to their blended history.
The rooster measures about 14-1/2" tall by 13-3/8" across and 5-1/4" deep. The base bottom is 9-1/4" wide by 5-5/8" deep and reads Charles Sanchez with his address and phone number. There are some spots where the paint and/or wood have flaked or splintered off but not enough to detract from the piece.
A piece of New Mexico.
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