Mid-Century Aztec Legend Retablo

(Mexico, 20th Century)

Mid-Century Aztec Legend Retablo
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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Mid-Century Aztec Legend Retablo


A hand stamped, hand-made tin retablo, presenting an image of the Aztec Warrior Popocatépetl and the sleeping lady, Iztaccíhuatl. The frame is made in Mexico, in the shape of a temple or house, and it is constructed from in a variety of tin metals. The face of the tin is visibly aged due to its age but it has quite a nice look. The repoussé patterns are back stamped and are of flowers alongside geometric shapes. The retablo is flat and when hung the frame looks as if it is a floating sheet of metal. The back has a hanging hook and the cover for the image of the god is made out of a recycled beer can, Carta Blanca (Mexico's fist beer, established in 1890). This retablo is quite an unique piece and you can see its hand-made qualities, including the welding of metals. The image with frame measures 5-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches. The retablo is thin, and makes a great detail piece for a nook or salon style collection. It tells the wonderful legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, the Smoking Mountain and the Sleeping Princess. These two figures represent the volcanoes overlooking the Valley of Mexico and folklore tells the story of a romance between the two. The Warrior Popocatépetl was in love with Iztaccíhuatl, who promised to wait for him until he returned from battle. During the war, a love rival of Popocatépetl lied to Iztaccíhuatl and told her that his beloved was dead. After hearing this, she too died with a broken heart. Upon his return Popocatépetl he saw she was dead and with a wounded heart took the dead princess in his arms to carry her to the summit to lay her down on the mountain. As he lay her down, the warrior knelt in front of his dead lover with a smoking torch, watching over her eternal sleep. They remained together like this, as if frozen in time, turning into the mountains that today face each other in Mexico. Legend says that Popocatepetl remembers his lost love and that he preserves the fire of eternal passion – and so the volcano continues spewing fumaroles today.


Origin Mexico
Category Works on Paper
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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