VTG FOLK ART INTRICATE CARVED GOURD 6" LEONCIO VELI PERU STORY TELLING SCULPTURE

I am offering for bid this wonderful vintage intricately hand carved folk art story telling gourd . It was sculpted by known artist Leoncio Veli of Cochas Chico Huancaro Peru. Every inch has been masterfully carved telling stories of the many cultural events in the Peruvian culture. The top half is carved with intricate designs and patterns and on the bottom shows the folklore of the Andean people. There are dancers, musicians, harvesters and farmers carrying their crops to market, sheep shearing and llamas, cows, pigs, horses, houses and streams. This gourd measures about 6.5" wide x 6" high. I believe it is one of his earlier pieces. There are other carved gourds but this is the most detailed I have ever seen. It would have taken Leoncio Veli probably four months to create such a piece.
Leoncio Veli has been carving for 70 years, starting at 5 in a family that has passed the art through four generations. The Andean love-story gourd, priced at $130, took weeks to carve. Some masterpieces in Cochas take four months, costing $2,500. There are gourds in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Not all t ell stories. Many feature simple designs of llamas, owls or witches. But I can't help but believe that the best gourds are those that ha ve told stories of daily life, rich traditions and folklore of the Andean highlands.

“Storytelling

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