Manuel Cruz: Museum Piece Day of the Dead Snake Woodcarving

 This is one of the most spectacular and unique wood-carved skulls I have ever seen. Carved from one piece of wood, artist Manuel Cruz created a fabulous work of art. Encircling the skull Manuel expertly carved an impressive rattlesnake. The painted design by Manuel's wife Ruvi is truly magnificent. The eyes are painted like Cempasuchitl, marigolds, which are the Day of the Dead flowers. The front of the skull is divided into night and day geometric patterns. The other side of the skull has a complex design of leaves, flowers, and Cempasuchitl, all perfectly painted.  On the back of the skull, there is a painting of two lovers, which represents the Aztec legend of two volcanoes. This is certainly one of the most impressive wood carvings I have seen.

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Origin: Oaxaca
Dimensions: 12''Tall 9.5''Long 8.5''Wide