Art of the Americas - Sheep Nagual Bank, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico

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Sheep Nagual Bank
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico
Earthenware, slip decoration, glaze
c. 1950s
9.5" 24 cm) high by 11" (28 cm) wide

Ex. Fred and Nancy Roscoe collection, California 

This sheep nagual figure was likely made by Julián Acero, an important Mexcian artist who worked in the 1930s-50s, making toys and animal banks. Nagual were humans who had the power to transform, in the spiritual and physical realms, into the shape of an animal. This piece was collected in the 1950s by the Roscoes and has a small chip on each ear.


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