- Due to the hand-painted nature of the product, colors and design may vary slightly.
Tablet of the Slaves
This handmade bark painting is a variation of the Mayan Tablet of Slaves. The relief depicts the retirement celebration of King Pacal's military chief. He is shown with his parents, who must have been of royal blood as they are presenting him with important emblems of social status.
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Amate paper, once used in ancient times for communication with spiritual guides, is made with up to four separate varieties of tree bark. The tree bark is first cooked in boiling water for 3 or 4 hours. Then the bark fiber is washed and placed on a table. After washing, a stone called a Metlatl is used to smash the bark so it can be extended and formed to the desired thickness and measurements. Then the tree bark fiber is left to dry in the sun for 5 hours. These steps are a technique originally created by the Healers of Northern Sierra of Puebla, and dates back more than 200 years.
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