Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by reader, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    AA82FD2D-EF08-48F4-907F-B77FA8AA0AED.jpeg F0E1E260-AF19-4152-A0B7-06F2CD1CA9E9.jpeg 9DFA8926-29CB-4243-93AF-0C7F6589C63C.jpeg TIA. Metal vintage Mexican sculpture. Pesos embedded black w bronze tones. Bottom embedded w seeds or rice and other things. No clue here. Any ideas to age and what it represents?

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  2. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Would make a wonderful VooDoo collection.
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  3. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Interesting. Please post a clear photo of the front so that we can see the face, and a close up of the coins.
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  4. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    I think this piece is so odd. I’m not sure if th material. Maybe painted resin? 3E84EA39-ABB2-45F4-B452-7D7274CBB528.jpeg 2061B12B-042D-45C4-AA36-827936A04C32.jpeg 7CA49CE3-1B31-4318-ABD7-ED4F9CBB5015.jpeg 98F41928-3623-4F33-8C69-AED5E7AF4D69.jpeg
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  5. Debora

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  6. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    You’re amazing. TY. Like Greg I first though voodoo and dismissed it since it was clearly Mexican. I think you’re spot on. Now if I can just figure out the material. It’s not cold enough to be metal, I don’t think it’s clay and now I’m thinking resin. There must be more out there so now I can do some searching. It seems to be a tourist piece with the “made in tag”.
  7. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    According to the internet, Santería became popular in México in the 1960s. I can't read the coins -- suspect you can -- but they look 1970s. I think resin likely. And, I don't think this was a tourist piece but I do think it was made for export. The kind of (inexpensive) item that might have been sold at Mexican mercados and pulgas in the U.S.

  8. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    I wonder what all the stuff on the underside of the base signifies?
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

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  10. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

    TY. Makes sense to me. My knowledge of Santeria has now increased tenfold at least lol. I thought it was such an odd little piece but now that I know what it is thanks to this incredible board and Debora, I really think it’s odd...
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  11. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

    I found a Reddit page last night that said these pieces with embedded bits are commonly sold in botanicas and that the embedded bits are "good luck charms" of a sort.

    I also came to the conclusion that the statue was Chongo, but couldn't find one that looked much like yours (kept getting tripped up in new stuff).

    The one posted on the Reddit page was santa muerte and so most of the thread was dedicated to that, but let me see if i can find it again.
  12. Jivvy

    Jivvy the research is my favorite

  13. reader

    reader Well-Known Member

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