This hand carved skeleton is happily playing the guitar. Notice the intricate details of the guitar he plays, the sandals and hat he wears, the designs on his hands, and the happy expression on his face. The Skeleton itself was carved entirely from only one piece of wood. He sits 15 cm tall and his base is about 8x10cm. In Mexican culture, the skeleton is the figure used to celebrate The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, on November 2nd. Around this time period, and often throughout the year, many Mexican artists use skeletons in their work as a way of remembering those that have passed. Although in American culture the skeleton is often something associated with fear and the negative aspects of death, in Mexico, the skeletons are often represented cheerfully.
Hand carved wooden miniature of the skeleton playing the guitar
Materials: 5 different types of tropical wood found throughout Latin America.
What is most impressive about Veustiano’s work is his originality, attention to detail and tireless effort. To create multicolored pieces, Venustiano uses different kinds of tropical wood whose fibers are naturally colored. None of his work has been painted. Therefore, each piece is entirely made out of wood, including the paste with which he uses to adhere together the different pieces.
This detailed tradition of hand carving originated in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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