Antique Hand-carved Folk Art Guatemalan Hand Slingshot from Chajul – S O L D
Antique Hand-carved Folk Art Guatemalan Hand Slingshot from Chajul – S O L D

*Dimensions: 6 1/4″ tall
*Description: Good antique condition with very nice patina from Aldea Zetza, Chajul department of Quiche.
*Materials: Conacaste wood

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Antique Handcarved San Simon/Maximon Shaman Altar Piece – SOLD
Antique Handcarved San Simon/Maximon Shaman Altar Piece – SOLD

A wonderful vintage San Simon/Maximon piece that was used for a home altar. Handcarved in the the early 20th century in Nahula, Guatemala. It is polychromed handcarved cedar wood standing with a staffin its left hand indicating a sign of power/leadership. It is a rare piece because most of these figures are seated in chairs. It is in very good antique condition with some signs of use.

Also known as Maximon, he plays an important role in the lives of many and is a fascinating figure found in Guatemala and elsewhere:

The worship of San Simon/Maximón is thought to have begun around the time of the Spanish conquest, and since then it has grown in Central America and parts of Mexico as Catholicism took root. His selection as a folk saint by his devotees is a classic case of religious blending: San Simon/Maximon allows many Maya to keep their traditional rituals and ceremonies intact while at the same time participating in the dominant religion brought by the colonists. Also, the worship of Maximón gives people a way to pray for worldly and material goods (a practice not usually endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church) while enjoying cigars and rum.

San Simon/Maximon is seen by his followers as being able to grant both good and evil requests: from helping to yield better crops, to finding true love, to recovering from an illness or accident, to taking revenge on an enemy. An ever evolving entity, the worship of Maximón differs greatly from person to person and from place to place. He can be seen as: deity, go-between, folk saint, compadre, seer, healer, avenger, sorcerer, traitor. His image can vary from a very primitive figure to an anglicized, dapper, well dressed, mustachioed gentleman in a black suit and sombrero: all with a propensity for smoking, drinking, and womanizing.

Dimensions: 12″ x 4″ x 3.5″

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Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Woodcarving Female Figure Slingshot
Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Woodcarving Female Figure Slingshot

Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Female FigureSlingshot

The Guatemalan slingshot is a traditional handicraft whose elaborate carvings use imagery from the animal kingdom, Mayan and Catholic iconography, myths, and historic events. They are used to hunt birds and other small creatures.

*Excellent, antique condition
*Materials: Hand carved cedar wood
*Dimensions: 7.5″ tall

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Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Wooden Folk Art Mayan Man Slingshot
Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Wooden Folk Art Mayan Man Slingshot

Wonderful Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Wooden Mayan Man Slingshot *Figure dressed in traditional Mayan clothing of Solola, Guatemala *Materials: Cedar wood *Dimensions: 6″ tall ***We ship GLOBALLY with DHL!***

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Antique Handcrafted Traditional Guatemalan Wooden Jaguar Slingshot
Antique Handcrafted Traditional Guatemalan Wooden Jaguar Slingshot

Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Wooden Jaguar Slingshot

*Description: From Guatemala, Guatemala.
*Materials: Ceresal wood.
*Dimensions: 6 1/2″ tall

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Antique Vintage Handcarved Wood Figure Black Jesus Christ /Cristo Negro Crucifix from Guatemala
Antique Vintage Handcarved Wood Figure Black Jesus Christ /Cristo Negro Crucifix from Guatemala
Called the “spiritual center of Central America” by Pope John Paul II, the Basilica of Esquipulas attracts many pilgrims from all over the region several times a year to its miraculous statue of the Black Christ carved in 1595. It is one of the most popular images of the Catholic faith, because of the many miracles attributed to it, peasants all over the country pray to the Black Christ.
Materials:  wood, tin

Wonderful hand-carved Black Christ of Esquipulas, Guatemala ca. 1950s.

*Hand carved home altar pieces
*Represents Indigenous version of the Christ Figure Dimensions: 16″ x 13″ x 3.75″

Learn more about this sacred symbol on our blog: http://www.coleccionluna.com/cms/escuipulas-the-black-christcristo-negro-the-spiritual-center-of-central-america/

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Antique Vintage Handcrafted Guatemalan Wooden Folk Art Bird Slingshot
Antique Vintage Handcrafted Guatemalan Wooden Folk Art Bird Slingshot

*Description: Ilóm village, Chajul, Quiche, Guatemala
*Materials: Cedar wood in good antique condition with very nice patina
*Dimensions: 5 3/4″ tall

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Antique/Vintage Nicho Home Altar with Hand Carved San Juan Saint Santo from Guatemala
Antique/Vintage Nicho Home Altar with Hand Carved San Juan Saint Santo from Guatemala
Wonderful antique nicho with hand-carved San Juan Santo/Saint, Guatemala ca. 1970s
Materials :  wood, tin
Dimensions . Height: 13 Inches; Width: 8.5 Inches; Depth: 4.75 Inches
*Hand carved home altar piece
*Dimensions: 13″ x 8.5″ x 4.75″***We ship Globally with DHL***

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Guatemalan Wooden Folk Art Monkey Slingshot- SOLD
Guatemalan Wooden Folk Art Monkey Slingshot- SOLD

Wonderful Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Wooden Monkey Slingshot

*Materials: Cedar wood
*Dimensions: 5 1/2″ tall

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Set of 3 Dale Nichols Hand Painted Block Prints of The Maya Culture  in Guatemala
Set of 3 Dale Nichols Hand Painted Block Prints of The Maya Culture in Guatemala

A Charming set of 3 Hand Painted Wood Block Prints in Handcrafted Hardwood Frames by acclaimed artist Dale Nichols ca 1966
9 1/2” x 12” unframed
11 1/2” x 14 1/4” handcrafted hard wood frames

Dale Nichols (1904–1995)

Dale Nichols was an American Regionalist painter and illustrator, who traveled extensively, but always went back to his Nebraska roots for inspiration.

Early Life and Education
Dale Nichols was born in 1904, in David City, Nebraska. His family had a grain and livestock farm, so Nichols spent his childhood doing chores and walking two miles to school. In 1924, at the age of twenty, Nichols was determined to pursue a career as an artist, and moved to Chicago to attend the Chicago Academy of Art. He stayed at the Academy for two months, then attended the Art Institute of Chicago and spent a year in Vienna, studying with graphic artist Joseph Binder.

Career and Family Life
Nichols returned to Chicago in 1930, and spent about fifteen years in the city, working in advertising and gaining a national reputation as a Regionalist artist. He was represented by the MacBeth Gallery in New York from 1930 to 1950, and then by the Grand Central Art Galleries. He replaced Grant Wood as the art editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica, at its Chicago Headquarters, in 1942. Nichols began to travel in the 1940s, moving to Tubac, Arizona, where he bought property and established an art school. Nichols left Arizona and roamed around the country throughout the 1940s and 1950s, marrying five times.

In 1960, Nichols moved to Guatemala, married again, a supported himself by making drawings and rubbings of Mayan sculpture. He wrote books, based on his assertion that the he had unlocked a secret code of ancient Mayan writing and art. Even through his travels, Nichols continued to create paintings of the red barn that he grew up with in Nebraska. The simple, geometric designs that underlie the compositions of his work remain dramatic and appealing. Nichols died, in Sedona, Arizona, in 1995, at the age of 91. His work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Met, the Whitney and other major galleries.

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Vintage Handcarved San Simon/Maximon Altar Piece from Solola, Guatemala -SOLD
Vintage Handcarved San Simon/Maximon Altar Piece from Solola, Guatemala -SOLD

A wonderful vintage San Simon/Maximon piece that was used for a home altar. Handcarved in the 1950s in Solola, Guatemala. It is polychromed handcarved cedar wood figure with a chairand velvet sombrero. In very good antique condition with minimal signs of use.

Also known as Maximon, he plays an important role in the lives of many and is a fascinating figure found in Guatemala and elsewhere:

The worship of San Simon/Maximón is thought to have begun around the time of the Spanish conquest, and since then it has grown in Central America and parts of Mexico as Catholicism took root. His selection as a folk saint by his devotees is a classic case of religious blending: San Simon/Maximon allows many Maya to keep their traditional rituals and ceremonies intact while at the same time participating in the dominant religion brought by the colonists. Also, the worship of Maximón gives people a way to pray for worldly and material goods (a practice not usually endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church) while enjoying cigars and rum.

San Simon/Maximon is seen by his followers as being able to grant both good and evil requests: from helping to yield better crops, to finding true love, to recovering from an illness or accident, to taking revenge on an enemy. An ever evolving entity, the worship of Maximón differs greatly from person to person and from place to place. He can be seen as: deity, go-between, folk saint, compadre, seer, healer, avenger, sorcerer, traitor. His image can vary from a very primitive figure to an anglicized, dapper, well dressed, mustachioed gentleman in a black suit and sombrero: all with a propensity for smoking, drinking, and womanizing.

Dimensions: 12″ x 6.5″ x 4″

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Wooden Folk Art Female Figure Slingshot – SOLD
Wooden Folk Art Female Figure Slingshot – SOLD

Wonderful Antique Handcrafted Guatemalan Wooden Female Figure Slingshot

*Materials: Cedar wood
*Dimensions: 6 1/4″ tall

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