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Calavera Virgin Mary and Child
Artist Unknown, Artist
Artist Unknown, Artist
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, Dept of Special Collections, Donald Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010,, (805) 893-8563, URL:
Contributing Institution
UC Santa Barbara, Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Galería De La Raza archives
Rights Information
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California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, Dept of Special Collections, Donald Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010; (805) 893-8563
From El Día de los Muertos Exhibition, curated by René Yáñez and Ralph Maradiaga. This black and white work could be a drawing in pencil, pen, or charcoal, or could be a painting in oil pastels or paint. It features a calavera with the attributes of La Virgen de Guadalupe: hands folded, head cocked to the side (although to the right), the moon at her feet, and an angel beneath her, (the angel's face is also a skull). She is backed by a cross. The left side of the cross has a cow skull, the right has a pyramid with an eye in the center. The eye emits a beam that has broken one corner of the crescent moon at la Virgen's feet. The upper portion of the cross bears a banner with the word "Tonantzín" (Nahuatl="our mother"), the pre-conquest designation for the goddess Coatlicue. The entire image is set within an arch that is part of an architectural structure, possibly a castle. In the upper corners outside the arch are different phases of the moon.
Cat.3 083(6)
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35mm slide
Nahuatl languages
Aztec goddesses
Chicano art
Angels in art
Día de los muertos
Religion in art
Eye in art
Crosses in art
Mexican American art
Mexican Americans
Moon - In art
Coatlicue (Aztec deity)
Pyramids in art
Guadalupe, Our Lady of
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
San Francisco (Calif.)

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