Americas #7051

"Religious Celebration" Retablo

Has Latch
Signed Nicario Jimenez on the back

Box 8-1/2"w x 11"t
Doors Open 15-1/4" across

Price: $850

Nicario Jiménez Quispe (born in 1957)[1] is a Peruvian-American retablo maker. He was born in the village of Alcamenca in Ayacucho. He makes traditional Andean altarpieces, small wooden boxes filled with figures, animals and other objects that tell a story. Spanish priests used them to teach about the Catholic saints. He is a third generation retablo artist and learned the tradition from his father and grandfather.

His altarpiece figurines are made by hand with a mix of boiled potato and gypsum powder. His work has appeared in major museum exhibitions, including the Smithsonian Institution where they are part of the permanent collection.