TWO BIRDS ENGAGE IN RITUAL BATTLE ~ KUNA MOLA

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 11, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House
A Beautiful Pair of Jungle Birds Spare in Ritual Mating Combat.

Very well Made With Tiny Hand Stitching, Straight, Narrow and Even Lines and Cuts, Excellent Background Filler, Fine Workmanship and Design Plus the Two Birds As the Subject.

I TRY TO MAKE AN ANNUAL PANAMA TRIP TO PURCHASE MOLAS AND VISIT FAMILY WHO LIVE THERE. I USUALLY HAVE ON HAND SOME VERY OUTSTANDING MOLAS, LOTS OF MOLITAS, AND A FEW OTHER KUNA ITEMS. ALSO A FEW ITEMS FROM NICARAGUA, ECUADOR, PERU, EL SALVADOR, GUATAMALA AND HAITI SO BE WATCHING FOR MANY BEAUTIFUL AND FUN PIECES OF ETHNIC ARTS AND CRAFTS.
Sometimes questions arise about what is "authentic" when it comes to mola material and construction. The Kuna women love to use polyester or other man made fabrics for their own use. Those materials are long lasting and soft against their skin. Besides that, they tend to like the shiney look of some of the man made materials.
Many Western buyers prefer 100% cotton, thinking that it is more authentic. That is not necessarily so today. When I am shopping I try to buy cotton as much as possible, but only because many of my customers prefer that, not because that is more typical of the Kuna's own preferences.
Most molas are still completely hand made and I do try to buy mostly hand made items. However, when the Kuna ladies have the option to

This lovely piece of ethnic, textile art was entirely hand made, and was purchased from a Kuna Indian mola maker on the San Blas Islands off of the coast of Panama. It was originally made to be part of a blouse and, as with all genuine molas, it has been worn. It has now been carefully taken apart to be used as framed art or as part of your own special creation.

This mola is in excellent condition

Conditions of Molas on This Site.
Poor = Major holes, tears and or fading, loose stitching or other flaws.
Fair = Some fading, small holes or tears, maybe some small worn spots.
Good = Few or no holes (if any, very small), could have some fading.
Excellent = No holes or tears, stitching tight, colors may have some mellowing (will be noted in description) but will be mostly bright and vivid.
Fine = Nearly perfect with no noticeable flaws.
Superb = New or Like New with no flaws of any kind, colors bright with no fading, all stitches in perfect condition.

The size is approximately 12 x 16.5 inches.

It has two main layers of cloth used in the worked design - gray & maroon and about a dozen or more colors in the design.

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