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ARTEMIS GALLERY Vibrant Kuna Island Textile Mola - Vampire Bat

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Seller: artemisgallery (669) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381809977962 Vibrant Kuna Island Textile Mola - Vampire Bat Central America, Panama, San Blas Islands, Kuna/Cuna, ca. 1950 CE. A finely crafted example of this folk art form created by the Kuna / Cuna Native American women artisans of Panama, and from the world's finest collection of molas, depicting a vampire bat or chupa de sangre (literal translation being sucks blood) with outspread wings, upraised claws, and an up-to-no-good visage comprised of wide eyes a fang-filled grin. The mola is comprised of many layers of fabric in brilliant hues of orange, red, black, blue, pink, lavender, green, white, and yellow with topstitched embroidery in colorful threads detailing the face and claws. According to Parker and Neal, "Bats, the familiar murcielagos or raton viejos of Latin-American life and literature, are well known in San Blas and are often used creatively in folktales and on molas. At night tiny oil lamps are kept burning in Cuna huts to prevent the evil chupa de sangre or vampire bat from entering and attacking the occupants." (Ann Parker and Avon Neal, "Molas: Folk Art of the Cuna Indians" New York: Crown Publishing, p. 87) Quite an impressive example, replete with superb artistry, technique, and highly symbolic iconography. Size: 18" W x 16" H (45.7 cm x 40.6 cm) #117201 Condition: Intact with a bit of fading and expected frayed edges that does not interfere with the imagery. Provenance: Ex-Kit Kapp collection formed in the very early 1970's. Mr. Kapp acquired the world's largest and best documented collection of Molas, with numerous examples being published.p All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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