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Lot 0054
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Latin America, Mexico, ca. mid to late 20th century CE. A festive pair of painted polychrome rattles, similar in form to Caribbean maracas or Rumba shakers, made from hollow gourds (possibly calabashes) attached to wooden handles. The shorter shaker displays multiple bands of brightly-colored bands; in front of them stand four men, in two pairs of two, with a vibrant green bird in-between. The taller shaker shows a zig-zagging vine with four men dressed in elaborate and vibrant clothing (presumably from the early Post-Conquest period), and all are flanked above and below with segmented areas of orange, red, blue, and green hues. Both produce marvelous percussive sounds when shaken in a rhythmic manner. Size of shorter shaker: 6" W x 11.5" H (15.2 cm x 29.2 cm); Size of taller shaker: 4" W x 13.5" H (10.2 cm x 34.3 cm).

Provenance: private Moore collection, Denver, Colorado, USA, acquired thirty years ago

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Both with surface wear and paint losses commensurate with use and age, and age cracks to both handles. Taller shaker has minor losses to handle.

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Pair of Vintage Mexican Festival Rattles - Large

Estimate $150 - $250Sep 25, 2017
Louisville, CO, USA