An incredible example of textile art by the Kuna women of Panama. This Mola
textile, once a shirt is now a beautiful piece for the collector and will make
a wonderful display. The frame measures 21" X 17" X 7/8" deep. The textile
unmatted measures 15 1/2" L X12" H.
This Mola is matted and framed but there is no glass. The family we acquired
from said it was framed in the 1960s when it was handed down from a prior
family member. This piece was part of shirt. The piece is sewn and stapled on
cardboard. We can see normal and expected age wear up close that can not be
seen at a distance. The white cutouts are starting to discolor and in a few
places we can see where the fabric is thinner. Otherwise the piece has held
it's color and shape very well. The matte is discolored evenly around the white
edge which is now tan and thicker gray matte has turned a little faded. There
is damage at the bottom of the matte. If you wish us to ship the piece out of
the frame it will environmentally save on packing supplies (only if you request
this will we ship with no frame and matte).
This piece c1920 shows everything that is looked for in a museum quality Mola
piece. It has age, good use of color, tiny hand stitches throughout, the main
subject is entirely and evenly outlined and design is spatially appealing with
each cut out carefully anticipated and measured throughout the layers.
We tried to figure out what the conjoined birds were and we can only guess.
Our first reaction was to the claws or talons of the bird. They look large and
purposely big so my first thought was a double or conjoined eagle but without
tail feathers a tough call to make. The head plume narrows it a little to other
birds but I could not get a grasp on anything other than possible a lovebirds
but again not sure.
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