Handmade Guatemalan Ceramic Christmas Ornaments (Set of 6), "Ritual"
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By Jose Arriola, six colorful masks take their inspiration from Guatemala's Dance of the Macaws. He shapes each one from terracotta and fires them before adding the brilliant colors. They depict a blue macaw, a black and white monkey, a spotted red jaguar, a dog, a lion and a blue zebra.
The dance tells the story of Mama' Mun and his wife Pet Mun, who left their daughter Princess in a cave while they went hunting in the forest. When they returned, she was gone, so they called for help with musical instruments. Giant macaws appeared and offered their help. The birds began dancing, and indicated the way to find Princess, but they found her beneath the feet of K'iche' Winaq. Her blood was still on his lips. Mama' Mun, Pet Mun and the macaws attacked K'iche' Winaq and killed him, then the birds left, to the sound of traditional music.
- 0.63 kgs
- 1.4 lbs
- Largest: 11 cm H x 9.5 cm W x 4 cm D
- Largest: 4.3" H x 3.7" W x 1.6" D
- Smallest: 9.5 cm H x 7 cm W x 3 cm D
- Smallest: 3.7" H x 2.8" W x 1.2" D
Jose creates the most beautiful ceramic ornaments and figurines. His family has lived in Antigua for more than 100 years and he takes great pride in practicing the same ceramic techniques his ancestors used. He wishes to help this tradition continue and he teaches anyone in his community who has an interest in learning.
Jose Arriola has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $450 and the most recent for $2550. Proceeds were used to purchase paints and materials for his ceramics to continue production.
Jose's beautiful work and his preservation of cultural techniques have brought him recognition in national exhibitions, and his municipality even created a video showing the process of how he creates his figurines.
Jose's children are all grown but but he does provide financial support for the education of one person outside of his family and he occasionally supports other children's school expenses.
Jose has been dealing with diabetes for over 17 years. His condition has caused many problems for him, but currently he is able to control it and enjoy his life.
Jose provides employment to several people within his community.
Several universities have recognized Jose for his work.