Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Day of the Dead - Papercuts

"In Mexico, papel picado (perforated paper), refers to the traditional art of decorative cut paper banners. Papel picado are usually cut with sharp fierritos (small chisels) from as many as fifty layers of colored tissue paper at a time. Designs may incorporate lattice-work, images of human and animal figures, flowers, and lettering. Many papel picado are made especially for the Mexican festival of the Days of the Dead and include skeletal figures engaged in the everyday activities of the living." [source] [more/more]


Día de los Muertos - Dancing Skeleton Animals


Cockfighting Skeletons


Aztec Sun Stone and Skeletons


Bicycle Skeleton - San Salvador Huixcolotla


Bride and Groom Skeletons


Bride and Groom in Horse-drawn Carriage


Horse-drawn Skeleton Carriage


Bullfighting Devil -vs- Skeleton



Skeleton Matador - day of the dead paper cutout


Skeletons on Horseback


Skeleton in Hat on Horseback (Día de los Muertos)


Ferris wheel of Skeletons


Coffin Carried by Skeletons


Dancing Caped Skeleton


Hot Air Balloon and Skeletons


La Catrina


La Catrina figures after Posada from the Day of the Dead - goldfoil and silverfoil papercuts


Male and Female (La Catrina) Skeletons


Musical Skeleton Trio


Musical Skeletons (Day of the Dead)


Skeleton Banquet



Two Skeletons Carrying a Coffin


Sun Face


9 comments:

Karla said...

Hey, aren't you celebrating Day of the Dead a little late in the year? It's time for the Christmas themed papel picado. I almost got some of those last year but they had been picked over a bit and the designs that were left weren't that impressive.

I want all of these, however.

peacay said...

Well Dr. K, from my world view, which doesn't include halloween not nor day of the dead traditions, classic iconography abides all seasons.

Karla said...

I bow to your superior wisdom... (you can see I survived the defense unscathed!)

Allison Ann Aller said...

Unbelievably cool. Thank you so much!

Kittybriton said...

A lot of these skeletons look as if they're having a rather jolly time. Almost makes being dead look like fun!

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Fernando Casares said...

Kittybriton: In fact some of those skeletons look rather jolly. It is not that it means being dead is fun, but the mexican tradition of Day of the Dead is to remember thos who have died, trying to make a literally funny moment out of those memories, instead of mourning them. It is a rather beautiful tradition although the practice has been decreasing in the last years.

ArWi said...

hi
thanks for this post
i am in a very need of these pics in high definition
would you be so kind to give me links?
esp. http://www.flickr.com/photos/85009674@N00/3093896443/sizes/o/
and http://www.flickr.com/photos/85009674@N00/3094735538/sizes/o/

peacay said...

ArWi, you'll have to find these particular images yourself at the British Museum site and then write to find out if they will supply high def images -- it will cost you money. Sorry, but going back to that site after all this time will be like doing it anew so i'd rather let you go about tracking them down. I can't do everything mate!

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