Mini Retablo from Peru - Virgin of Guadalupe / Virgen de Guadalupe

South America

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This little Guadalupe retablo may be displayed be placed on a table or shelf or hung on a wall

• Size: approx 2" wide (closed) 4" wide (open doors) x 2 1/4" high x 7/8" deep
• Materials: plaster, cooked potato starch, balsa wood, paint, metal
• Origin: Handmade in Peru
• Packaging: Story Card and Kraft Gift Box

Retablos are wooden boxes filled with brightly colored figures arranged into intricate narrative scenes important to the indigenous people of the highlands of Peru. The term retablo is derived from the Latin retro tabula, which means behind the (altar) table, where devotional images were typically placed. Peruvian retablos evolved from religious and devotional images to also include scenes from daily life such as markets, shops, harvests, weddings, social political and other events. The Virgin of Guadalupe refers to when the Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus and a very important saint in the Roman Catholic religious traditionappeared to a man named Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531. She holds a special place in the culture and religious life of many Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Her importance is so great that her image has become a national symbol of Mexico itself.