Birds of Paradise, Mexican Otomi Tribe Folk Art

ink and gouache on Amate paper
27 x 18 inches
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Papel Amate, or painted bark paper, is an art form with clear pre-Hispanic origins. The handmade paper was originally considered a specialty of the village shaman and used only for special rituals. Decades later, the Otomi of Puebla began using bark paper as a canvas for painting. Typically, artisans will craft the paper from fig or mulberry tree bark, then sell or trade the homemade paper to other indigenous groups.

Lot Name
Birds of Paradise, Mexican Otomi Tribe Folk Art
Media
ink and gouache on Amate paper
Size
27 x 18 inches
Estimate
$75-100

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