Retablo - Dancing Couple
Retablo - Dancing Couple
Retablo - Dancing Couple
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Retablo - Dancing Couple

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A retablo box depiction of a dancing couple. "Carino Miyo" on the outside doors translates to my dear or my darling.

A Peruvian retablo may include figures of individual saints carved or sculpted of a mix of plaster and cooked potato starch and set in a shadow box, like a nicho. Or, now more frequently, as in the piece shown here, they take the form of miniature houses or shrines, often with opening doors and a gable above the opening. Typically both the doors and the sides of the box are covered with bright floral decorations. The Peruvian retablos traditionally served as household shrines. The art form has evolved to include the depiction of secular scenes of daily life in Peru, such as markets, shops, harvests, weddings, Dia de Los Muertos and other ceremonies.  

This simpler retablo does not have the decorated box painting that is traditional.

4" x 5 1/2" x 2"