Giant Loteria Card | El Nopal #39

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$395.95

Description

New Oversized Devotion Loteria Cards. Straight out of Mexican folklore and historical culture, this giant and eye catching piece of wall art is an artistic twist of one of the worlds oldest card games known as “La Loteria”. The Giant El Nopal #39 will make a statement in your decor.

The Nopal or Cactus is sculpted out of the large ceramic placard using a series of thick wires. The cacti is hand sculpted and designed after the Opunita or Prickly Pear cacti. The hand sculpted terra-cotta pieces are inserted over the wires and painted with great detail to provide a real life presence. Watch Out! Cause the cacti and prickly pears even have real metal thorns that protrude from each sculpted cacti. Another unique aspect of this amazing wall art is the entire Nopal / Cactus sculpture can be manipulated and adjusted to take on different shapes. There is not too many types of wall art cleverly crafted in such a thoughtful manner. The large ceramic card / tablet is equipped with a hook to hang securely on the wall. Artisan sculpted ceramic that is hand painted in rich colors finished with varnish rub. This unique piece of Folk Art is inspired by the old world card game known as La Loteria, originating in Italy in the 15th century & brought to Mexico in 1769.

Components

This Giant Devotion Loteria Sculpture is made up of three pieces.

  1. Large nopal/cactus appendages sculpted from terracotta with real thorns made from metal.
  2. Giant terracotta loteria card/tablet.
  3. Solid steal wall-bracket that is heated and shaped to mount the heavy sculptures to the wall. These hooks have met our standards but we suggest consulting a professional for proper and secure installation. 

*The detached Large nopal/cactus appendages connect to the loteria tablet via solid metal pins, nopal/cactus appendages can be adjusted and placed to liking. On the backside of each giant terracotta card has a large metal hook. Both iron pin and large metal hook are fused into the raw terracotta before the piece is fired/cured in the kiln.  

Dimensions

Large | 24”w x 30”h x 8” - 10"depth (placard + cactus sculpture)
*Measurements include Loteria placard and small sculpture.

How It's Made

A whimsical collection of hand-painted terracotta/ceramic sculptures and artifacts. These jovial and vibrant sculptures are Artisan Sculpted from earthenware fired in a large kiln, and individually free-hand-painted. The Devotion Collection is a collaborative labor of love between Rafael Pineda and Zenwaro. All of the signature designs in this collection have a story of “Devotion” that inspired their creation. Whether it be Devoted to love, the Devotion of a furry companion, or the devotion towards a belief, a craft, a heritage, a lifestyle, and everything in-between. One of Rafeal’s devotions is using his hands to transform raw earth into original sculptural art with meaning. Many pieces are fused with metal wires allowing the ceramic accents (wings, thorns, flower, figures) to be manipulated. A level of thoughtful artistry that invites you to adjust/manipulate/maneuver the sculptural elements to your liking.

Every sculpture, every figure is individually hand-molded from raw earth then fired within a large traditional red brick kiln that is heated naturally by wood. Every sculpture is hand painted in a variety of colors. Some colors are intensely vibrant, others more earthly in tone, some are embellished with bright silver and gold metallic paints. After the illustrative process pieces are loaded back into the kiln for the final bake. Forever bonding the colors with the clay. The Devotion collection is a true combination of old world craftsmanship & whimsical artistry.

Artisan Story

Zenwaro's collaborative relationship with the artist & ceramicist, Rafael Piñeda began 12 years ago. Mentored by an uncle who was a sculptor working with terracotta clay. Rafael’s immediate family does not lack talented ceramicists, both uncles & one aunt are accomplished ceramic artists. 

Rafael’s mentoring uncle was visually impaired & years later became completely blind. The lack of sight never halted Luis's devotion for sculpting, rather he continued working until his death in 2019. Rafael cures all of his pieces in a wood-fired kiln. Rafael has resisted urges to convert his production model to a gas-fired, modern kiln. Rafael’s creativity observes the "traditional way" where he can control every aspect of the firing process.

To learn more about the world's oldest card game La Lotería. How the artwork of the cards has been creatively translated to original sculptural wall-art part of the Devotion Collection. La Lotería. A Historical Game Of Chance Translated Into A Work Of Art.

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Care & Handling
Hand-Crafted (FPO)