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Hand Carved Wooden Mexican Peasants Sombrero Bookends Siesta

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This is an adorable old pair of bookends carved out of wood. I really love them for their beauty and folksy quality. What amazes me is the ability of the carver to convey softly draping fabric by making such simple notches in the wood!

Guillermo is clothed in a white shirt with sleeves pushed up to the elbows, and loose white pants with deep rolled cuffs; a wide red sash is tied at his waist. His knees are pulled up, as he rests his head on folded arms, under the shade of his wide sombrero. Guillermo, or Bill as I call him, was carved to be half of a pair of bookends. Sadly, Bill came to me without his platform, so he is forced to sit a little lower than the beautiful senorita.

Carmelita has long, thick, black braids that hang down to her waist. She wears a white peasant blouse, decorated with stripes of red and blue, and has a long, full red skirt topped by a dark green apron with a blue sash. Be sure to check out the wonderful carving of the folds in her skirt in the 3rd and 4th photo; there are lots of little painted details, too! The only downside to Carmelita is that sometime in her past she lost a sizable slice of her sombrero.
(that's what she said...)

Even with the imperfections, these two carvings are beautiful. I would be glad to provide additional photos and answer any questions you may have about this pair of cuties.
Thanks for checking them out.

Peace, Rubee

Hand Carved Wooden Mexican Peasants Sombrero Bookends Siesta

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