Peruvian Retablos

Peruvian Retablos

 

Folk Art from Peru

The Social and Political Art of the Jimenez Family

Retablos are wooden boxes filled with brightly colored figures arranged into intricate narrative scenes of religious, historical and everyday events important to the indigenous people of the highlands of Peru.

For the Jimenez family, retablo art is a family tradition. The third and fourth generations of this family with origins in the Andean region of Ayacucho are now working as retablistas Their deft hands move quickly and with confidence to fashion people, animals and mythological figures as they create poignant scenes from a doughy mixture of boiled potato and gypsum powder. The most important tool is a small piece of wood resembling a large toothpick.

 

Toy Shop Retablo Large

Airplanes, trains, and dolls, the shelves behind the workers are chock-a-block full colorful toys. A roomful of busy craftspeople are creating enough toys to delight the child in each of us! The rustic exterior of this retablo is painted with colorful flowers. By Mabilon Jimenez.

14"T x 8"W x 3"D (when closed) 15"W (when fully open)
$312.00

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Toy Shop Retablo

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Dog Parlor Retablo

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Dog Parlor Retablo

How delightful, a room full of doggie friends relaxing together. The details of each breed are beautifully rendered and so are the furnishings of the parlor, right down to the patterns on the upholstery. By Claudio Jimenez

7”T x 6.25”W x 2.25”D (when closed)
$218.00

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Cat Parlor Retablo

This charming retablo will delight any cat lover! Cats playing on the sofa, under the tables, on top of the tables, on the windowsills, in the cupboards - absolutely everywhere. White cats, yellow cats, black cats, tiger stripes too. Every kind of cat imaginable. Wonderful details. By Claudio Jimenez.

7"T x 6.25"W x 32.25"D (when closed)
$218.00

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Cat Parlor Retablo

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House of Hearts Retablo
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Casa de Corazones (House of Hearts)
by Claudio Jimenez

Artisans are busy creating delightful hearts for gift giving. Each heart is unique and is calligraphed with a special message. The detail work is exquisite! The outside of the retablo is painted in a delicate, lovely floral pattern.

7.5/8"T x 4.75"W (when closed) x 2.25"D
$218.00

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Valentine Matchbook Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

The details on this tiny retablo are simply amazing - you can actually read the sweet sentiments on each heart!
Created inside of a matchbox!

2.5/8"T x 1.5"W (when closed) 3/8"D    
$36.00

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Retablo Style Cross

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Retablo Style Cross

This stunning cross by Fecho Gonzalez of Huancayo, Peru is covered with many different religious symbols. The face of Jesus in the central niche is flanked by two angels. Among the symbols are the sun and moon, dice, a sacred heart, a rooster, dove, a chalice and a sack with "30 pieces of silver".

17"T x 8"W x 2 1/2"D 
$212.00

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Musical Instrument Workshop Retablo

The artisans are all busy at work surrounded by the various instruments they are creating.

4.5"T x 4"W (when closed)    
$58.00

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Mask Maker Retablo

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Mask Maker Retablo

Surrounded by their wonderful collection of Carnival masks, the artisans are busily at work while their puppies relax from under the table.

2.75"T x 2.75"W (when closed)
$32.00

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Music Shop Matchbox Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

2.5"T x 1.5"W
$36.00

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Music Shop Matchbox Retablo


Hatshop

The Hat Shop Retablo

3'T x 2.75"W
$32.00

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Guadalupe Matchbox Retablo

2.5"T x 1.5"W
$18.00

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Guadalupe Matchbox Retablo

 



 

Bakery Retablo
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Bakery Retablo
by Claudio Jimenez

The detail is just amazing in this miniature bakery scene! There are three bakers and their pet dog in this matchbox size retablo.

2"T x 2"W (when closed)
$36.00

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Mermaid Retablo

This matchbox sized retablo illustrates a local folktale with a mermaid playing her guitar alongside the river, watched by three farmers and their pet dog.

2"T x 2"W (when closed)
$24.00

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Mask Shop Retablo

The mask makers create colorful carnival masks while their pets sleep under the workshop table. By Alberto Ayala.

4.5"T x 4"W x 1.75"D (when closed)
$58.00

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