Painted Jicara guacal: Moth
This traditional handmade vessel for liquids, still used by the Maleku, has been created as an arts and crafts object as well as being a usable accesory. The striking painted surface by this artist of the El Sol palenque (village), Catalina Elizondo, features a stylized moth displaying influences derived from Pre-Hispanic aesthetics. A fiber cord allows this piece to be readily hung on the wall.
The traditional dried jícara fruit shell has been used for bowls (guacal) by the region’s native groups since time immemorial.
- Tribe: Maleku
- Location: Northern Plains of Costa Rica
- Size: 11″ x 9 1/2″ (28cm x 24cm)