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Straw mosaic painting (cuadro de popote)
Mexico Federal District
Collected by Katharine D. Jenkins, 1957
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Straw painting or, more accurately mosaic, is made by placing thin pieces of dyed broomstraw onto a thin layer of wax that covers a preliminary drawing. This intricate and exacting art was common during the first half of the 20th century. Now it is rare, with only a few popoteros active in Mexico City, and few examples are as fine as this. The design of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, is perhaps the most common motif in Mexican religious art. Almost all are closely inspired by the original altar piece in her Mexico City shrine, based on her appearance to the Indian Juan Diego in 1531.

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