Carapan, Mexican Folk Art Gallery.
Gold Outlined Mexican Lacquered Wood Chest Jewelbox
ABOUT THIS MEXICAN LACQUERED WOOD PIECE
This lacquered chest was outlined with 23 karat gold leaf. It is a true work of art from Olinalá, a town in the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico. The box is made of Linaloe wood, which has a characteristic and beautiful citric scent.
To create the lacquer, the people from Olinalá use natural oils and colors from plants, insects, ashes, soils and sands from the region. As you may see on the animal and flower designs, it all comes from and is inspired by nature.
There are two common techniques for creating lacquer wood: Rayado and Dorado.
The “Rayado” technique it’s an engraving of the wood using a thorn from a plant, attached to a turkey feather. The “Dorado” Technique consists of painting the piece without any engraving, sometimes using gold or silver leaf.
This piece in particular was crafted using the dorado technique.
||9.6 x5.82 In. / 24.5. x14.8 cm|
||6.3 In. /16cm|
|MADE OF||Wood, Natural pigments & 23 Karat Gold Leaf.|
|Care||Avoid contact with water, clean with pledge or similar product|