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By Albert TenEyck Gardner

Every bit of yankee sculpture within the Museums assortment is mentioned intimately, and there's a concise biography of every of the sculptors. The greater than 350 works characterize all significant American sculptors and faculties from the early 19th century to the current day, making this a priceless survey in a box the place little released details is on the market. some of the biographies comprise attribute or diverting excerpts from heretofore unpublished letters written to the Museum via the sculptors themselves, describing their lives and paintings.

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Several years later, in the temple of San Andrés, I watched a woman decorate a carved wooden doll. She spread beeswax around the edge of the doll’s skirt and decorated the doll’s face, heart, and hem with beads. The doll was to be left in a field as an offering for abundant crops. The woman’s husband cut layers of brightly colored crepe paper to make paper flowers, which were then tied to the horns of a bull calf. Meanwhile the mara’akame prepared ceremonial candles by dribbling pale yellow native beeswax down a cord until the wax was thick enough that the candles could stand on their own.

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The Huichol use of mirrors is similar to a Western psychic’s use of a crystal ball or to some forms of divination that use water as a reflective surface (scrying). Eligio refers to this function here. A mirror is a tool with which to see into or reflect the world of the gods. The use of a mirror for divination has deep roots in Mesoamerican thought. For example, Durán described an Aztec idol of Tezcatlipoca that carried “a round plate of gold, shining and brilliant, polished like a mirror.  . It was called Itlachiayaque, which means Place from which He Watches” (1971, 99).

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