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[Mulata with flowers for procession]

Pancho FierroAround the middle of the 19th century

National Library of Peru

National Library of Peru
Lima, Peru

Woman with long wavy hair seen from behind, wears a wide blue skirt and a white mantle with yellow decorations. On his head he carries a tray with vegetation and different pennants in red, white and the national cockade held in turn with his right hand.
Also known as flower-girl, this character sold flowers, petals and mixtures to perfume and adorn those who wore them or to be accommodated in vases in the houses. He participated in the celebrations of religious festivals. The care with which he adorned his fountain stands out. Inscription: "mulata mit blumer bei. Processionen vorangehend".
It belongs to the album "1871 Praetoria" which contains 39 sheets of which 25 are watercolors and 14 are 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. 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.

Details

  • Title: [Mulata with flowers for procession]
  • Creator: Francisco "Pancho" Fierro (attributed)
  • Date Created: Around the middle of the 19th century
  • Location Created: Lima, Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: 22.5 x 21 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Watercolor on paper

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