Handmade Ceramic Figurine, 'Aqua Pucara Bull' (Peru)

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Handmade Ceramic Figurine, 'Aqua Pucara Bull' (Peru)

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The myth of the torito de Pucara, or the Pucara bull, tells the story about Pucara, a drought-ridden village that decided to sacrifice a bull in order to bring rain. On its way up to be sacrificed, the bull resisted, piercing the side of a mountain with its horn, creating a flood of water from the mountainside that brought great joy to the village people. Peru's Maribel Posso Olivares draws inspiration from that myth, crafting this bull figurine from ceramic and painting it by hand in aqua with metallic-colored accents and multicolored floral motifs, blending Peruvian and Spanish art styles for a charming sculpture.

Product Features:
  • Measures 5.5 inches high x 5.5 inches wide x 2.8 inches deep
  • Worldstock Country: Peru
  • Accent Type: Figurine
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Color: Blue

Story Behind the Art:
I'm Maribel Posso Olivares. I majored in journalism and worked at an airport checking passengers' documentation, but I wasn't passionate about my job despite meeting interesting people from all over the world. I've always been interested in Peruvian art, especially in ceramics. As a child, I would travel along the mountain range during the summer. I'd visit different towns in the Castrovireyna Province, which is filled with picturesque blue skies, green fields with the scent of damp earth and the bright colors of women's dresses. I said to myself, 'Bingo. The bright colors are what were missing from Peruvian arts and crafts.' Although I'm not a painter, I've always been attracted by colors. I'm a self-taught ceramist and consider myself a creative person who can make up her own designs in a free-spirited way not taught in schools. I believe in positive energy and good vibes. I'm a huge optimist. I got together with my dear friend Magari Quiroz, 'Maga,' a reporter and classmate from journalism school. She suggested bringing back the alasitas motifs, which are the wishes that the ekeko dolls bring. These wishes can be anything and range from travel to buying a home. 'Alasitas' is an Aymara word that means 'buy me.' Maga proposed I should create my own version of these traditional images. In 2011, we began creating colorful little houses and wagons that shoppers liked. We also included the message 'Discover your dream' and a history about alasitas, which are gifted as wishes. It was difficult to find a ceramist. We contacted sculptors and sculpture professors from the Escuela de Bellas Artes to bring our ekekos and Pucara bulls to life. Today, we have around 12 people in our workshop. I hope to reach more people and show them they can achieve their dreams. I want more people to gift dreams with my designs. They are full of love and color are the result of teamwork and passion. This craft fills me with happiness and comforts my heart.

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The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.

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Country of Origin: Peru

Specifications

Item #
20248141
Material
Ceramic
Accent Type
Figurine
Season or Holiday
Summer
Color
Blue
Commercial
Yes
Product Features
Handmade
Worldstock
Worldstock
Dimensions
5.5 inches high x 5.5 inches wide x 2.8 inches deep
Model Number
279626

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