This character represents the woman who helped Cortes forge alliances with various Indian nations against the Aztecs. Doña Marina/La Malinche traveled with Cortes as he conquered Mexico. She is considered the mother of the Mestizo (European-American Indian) Latin American race. La Malinche, took part in the Spanish conquest and gave birth to one of Cortes\' children. She is present in different dances; as she can speak many Indigenous languages and Spanish, she is a translator. She is a very influential character but is seen as a prostitute who sold her country to the Conquistadores. To be called a “malinchista” is to be called a lover of foreigners, a traitor. Notice the blush on cheeks and red lips. Low relieve carved hair are highlighted by curls at the forehead. Tiny eyelashes and fine eyebrows decorate the beautiful black painted eyes; her face is highlighted by a gorgeous beauty spot. Great patina on the back and many layers of paint denote use and age. Please notice that the price includes FREE USPS Shipping.
Age: Approximately carved in the 1920’s.
Ethnic Group: K’iché Achí
Origin: Rabinal, Baja Verapaz
Use: Dance of the Conquest
Technique: hand carved at a Morería
Size: Approximately 7” x 6” x 3.5”