[Cholo with chola]

AnonymousAround the middle of the 19th century

National Library of Peru

National Library of Peru
Lima, Peru

Indigenous couple on a donkey riding towards the left of the composition. The woman wears a blue dress and a gray poncho with vertical lines in its decoration. The mustachioed man wears gray socks almost to the knee, brown pants, a red sash and a white long-sleeved shirt. They both wear hats and shoes.
Following the description of the image written in German, the characters would be arriving at a town mounted on a donkey. "Cholo(a)", the term used to name them, was used derogatorily to indicate the mestizo or to designate the indigenous who became Creole, emphasizing with this word their subalternity. Inscription: "Cholo und chola (Indianer) zur esel zur Stadt kommend".
It belongs to the album "1871 Praetoria" which contains 39 sheets of which 25 are watercolors and 14 illuminated lithographs. These images are an example of the nineteenth-century production of pictorial costumbrismo in Peru, a repertoire of typical characters -in this case from the city of Lima-, composed without much context, and rather characterized by their work and clothing.


  • Title: [Cholo with chola]
  • Creator: Anonymous
  • Date Created: Around the middle of the 19th century
  • Location Created: Lima, Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: 22.3 x 21 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Watercolor on paper

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