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  • Folk Art Sculpture by Antonio Ravinal

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    This is a beautifully detailed Folk Art Sculpture by Antonio Ravinal, an artist from Guatemala known for his special technique of chip carving (which can be seen in a video on YouTube and in several of his sculptures on display at the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, PA).  Entitled "Member of a Brotherhood" (shown on a label attached to the base), this sculpture shows a slightly stooped man with a solemn expression carrying a plate with a cross and a cloth in his right hand and holding a staff with a haloed cross in his left.  He is dressed in traditional Guatemalan clothing, including a patterned underskirt, a fringed overshirt (capixay), a long-sleeved shirt (camisa), and sandals (sandalias).  His hair is beneath a patterned, fringed cloth (tzute).  This appears to be one of the native outfits (called traje) worn by a contemporary Mayan man.  To Guatemalans, their native costumes are their identities.  The man depicted here may be a member of la cofradia, a Mayan-Catholic brotherhood who are directly responsible for the care of the saints and the carrying out of proper devotions, such as mass and procuring stocks of candles, incense and clothing for the saints.  The sculpture stands 10" high with a dotted, lined and scalloped base measuring 5.25" wide by 6.25" deep.  The piece is signed "Antonio Ravinal" beneath the based.  This unique Folk Art Sculpture by Antonio Ravinal is in very good condition.  However, the staff has been broken and repaired about half an inch above his left hand.