This handmade bark painting depicts the Vision Rite of Lady Xoc. Many relief carvings have a multitude of images of important female personages engaged in ceremonial rituals. Like this piece, many depict women engaged in the ritual of bloodletting. From 723 A.D.
Papel Amate, or painted bark paper, is an art form with clear pre-Hispanic origins. Originally, traditional bark paper was considered a specialty of the village shaman and used only for special rituals. Later, the Nahua and Otomi tribes began to use bark paper as a canvas for painting. Typically, the Otomi of Puebla will craft the paper from fig or mulberry tree bark, then sell or trade the homemade paper to the Nahua Indians of Guerrero for painting. These bark paintings, or papel amate, are not just an art form unique to the indigenous tribes of Mexico, but will add rich depth and culture to your home decor.