The Musée du Quai Branly will acquire a rare feather mosaic from the Mexican colonial era


The Paris-based Musée du Quai Branly has announced its intention to purchase a rare Mexican colonial-era work: a feather mosaic.

The Musée du Quai Branly located on the Parisian riverfront has announced its intention to purchase a very valuableMexican artwork: a rare mosaic work from the second half of the 16th century made from feathers.

This depicts Christ the Good Shepherd and two scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist.
It is one of the finest Mexican colonial works made using feathers, using an Aztec technique. The national collections are enriched with a rare work, unique in quality, complexity of composition and state of preservation. Known from pre-Hispanic times, the feather mosaic technique was mainly recurring for funerary furnishings; in addition, early conquistadors used it as a tool for evangelizing indigenous peoples.

The work will undergo an analysis and study of the materials to precisely define its dating.

Source: Le Figaro

The Musée du Quai Branly will acquire a rare feather mosaic from the Mexican colonial era
The Musée du Quai Branly will acquire a rare feather mosaic from the Mexican colonial era


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