Posted 10 years ago
This is Guatemalan embroidery work at its finest. This belonged to a very old couple who were dear friends of our family. One of their parents were very wealthy and traveled Central & South America extensively. They supposedly got this piece from descendants of the Maya's in the later part of the 19th century or early 20th century. The hand stitching and the vivid colors have been protected and are as vibrant and bright as the day it was made. All of the lines of stitching are raised to almost give it a "quilt" effect. Their height above the flat areas of the piece that these stitched lines represent, are approx a quarter inch high, or better. The depth this gives the piece is extraordinary. The couple I got it from gave it to me as a gift and it was their belief that the piece was much older than the 1800's. But I have since learned from Dizzy Dave & the comments below that this piece is no older than probably 1900. I love old art from this part of the world but unfortunately own very little of it. This is by far my finest example. Anything that is connected to the Maya's, the Aztecs or the Inca's is right on up there, interest wise to me. The only other area and time frame that excites me so, would be ancient Egypt and anything that has to do with the Pharaohs & the pyramids. The only problem I've encountered is when I try to take pictures of something like this, in the way one has to deal with the glare from the flash or when using artificial light, the seeing the light or lights in the mirror effect of the glass covering the piece. Thus the reason for the multiple shots.