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Enrique Linares Skull

Price: Sold
Era: 1970's - 1980's
Origin: Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Artist: Enrique Linares
Condition: good
Dimensions: 11in x 11in x 10in

A brightly painted skull with high-relief decoration signed Enrique Linares M. Mexico D.F.

A specialty of the Linares family, the animated skull, or calavera, offered here is a florid red skull, to which decorative elements such as a spider and snake have been applied. 

Created by the famed Linares family of Mexico City, the masters of cartoneria; sculpture created in papier mache. For this process, a wire or reed armature is formed in a desired shape and then covered in scrap paper and glue.   Once dried, fanciful patterns of bright colors are applied with aniline dyes or oil-based paints.

A dime-sized hole in the right cheek of the skull is the only damage to the sculpture.  Enrique Linares created this piece sometime in the 1970s or 1980s.

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