Painted gourd carried with Tihauna costume - 2014.36.12_1


Painted gourd carried with Tihauna costume

Medium:Painted gourd
Geography: Tehuantepec, State of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: c. 1985
Object number: 2014.36.12
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Kircheis Family Endowment Fund
Not on view
DescriptionIn rural areas of Mexico, gourds are still used as containers and drinking vessels. Harvested gourds are left to dry on the sun, then placed in water until the insides rot and the gourd can be scraped clean. In the town of Chiapa de Corzo, gourds have traditionally been given a coat of lacquer and then painted with flowers. (The fat of the aje insect is used by lacquer-workers to fix numerous layers of coloured powder, thereby achieving a brilliant finish.) The base ground of this gourd would seem to have been painted rather than lacquered, however. Celebrants on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca carry decorated gourds of this type on their heads during processions. Paper flags on short sticks, embedded in fruits or other food items, add to the sense of fiesta.
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