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Olinalá Mexican Traditional Lacquer, Gold Leaf and Oil Painting Art Urns

$8,000per item


Three urns, two trays, one gourd. Turned solid tzalam (wild tamarind) wood; maque and lacquer carving; gold leaf; oil painting. Commemoration, ceremony, and veneration of the ancestral are acts of a deeply personal, familial nature. Far removed from production and economics, they bring meaning and function to specific objects, actions, and times. Celebrations like Día de Muertos, for instance, happen far away from the public sphere: they take place in intimate settings where only family members and close friends take part. Appreciation for these traditions, however, is on the rise. Lacquers, gourds, chests, and boxes made in Olinalá, Guerrero are valued for their history, aesthetics, and technique, but also for the endless possibilities they offer for commemoration, celebration, and memory. La Urna, crafted by the Masters of Olinalá, showcases each of their techniques. It can contain relics and objects, or none at all: its true meaning lies in the rituals it is adopted for, in its emotional contents, and the Masters’ art. This limited-edition piece was designed in collaboration with the Masters of Olinalá and Alicia D'Core for Ensamble Artesano, a unique initiative with the aim of promoting the productive activity of artisans in Mexico who have been affected by the uncertainty caused by social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through formal value chains, and that guarantees fair income to families and communities.

Customization Options

Customers can choose the color of the lacquer between red with a gold leaf gourd and blue with a silver leaf gourd.


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    Ships From: Mexico City, Mexico
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