Sunburst Wall Mirror (Small)
$168.00|Made in Mexico
This decorative piece was made of compressed wood and it was manually covered with gold, which is a technique that has survived for 500 years. This object reflects the strength of the sun and how the Mexican traditions remain in it.
10.24 x inches
This Sunburst Wall Mirror (Small) is handmade in the Silva family workshop in Mexico City. They have run their ATZLÁN factory since the 1950s, keeping alive a long family tradition of gilded woodcarving. The Silva family used their experience and expertise to make this Sunburst Wall Mirror, and refuse to let their traditions die away.
The practice of gilding wood comes from the Colonial era, over 500 years ago. Gilded plates and crosses often decorated places of worship. Over the years, this practice entered into the homes of the rich and powerful. The wealthy commissioned mirrors, frames and ‘portholes’ covered in gold, and artisans catered to them. Circular pieces such as this one are particularly significant, as they echo the historical importance of the sun. Indigenous Mexicans knew the sun as the god Tonatiuh and worshipped it above all else.
Whilst the Silva family didn’t take direct inspiration from this rich cultural history, the design echoes it. Hang it near any window and it will reflect sunlight in a brilliant fashion, lighting up your whole home. The Sunburst Wall Mirror (Small) is hand carved from compressed wood before being covered in gold leaf, following traditions that have remained unchanged for centuries.
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