Made of wood and other natural materials.
It’s a portable box.
Typical from Ayacucho, Peru.
Dimensions: 20.00 cm * 21.50 cm.
Peruvian art, during the 1940s they began creating these works of art, using the St. Mark boxes as a basis for designing scenes with different subjects from folklife, such as bullfights, cockfights, traditional dances and parties and rural and agricultural scenes.
The craftsmen of the town of Ayacucho adapt the boxes and make them their own, changing the name to retablos.
Today, retablos from Ayacucho are rectangular boxes normally made of cedar, which allows for better finishes on each work. The boxes have a design with a colourful scene and two doors bound by leather thongs. The outside of the boxes has colourful flowers. The inside encloses images taken from Peruvian folklife. They use materials like plaster, clay or a mixture of potato paste to mould the figures with ease.
Nowadays, in artisan workshops they continue to create these retablos, who each pass the secrets of the art down from father to sons, always keeping it as a family tradition. This means that each worker’s finish continues to have the same traditional and folkloric style that makes it unique.