Jan 17, 2018

Rampant Lions Mola Panel

Rampant Lions Mola Panel

c. 1950–70

Cotton: reverse appliqué, appliqué, embroidery

Overall: 37.2 x 46 cm (14 5/8 x 18 1/8 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. F. Louis Hoover 1971.197



The lions on this mola are not typical of Guna mythology, but rather may draw from the European tradition of upright animals on heraldic crests. Perhaps inspired by a product label from the multitude of goods passing through the Panamá Canal, their doubling nevertheless expresses the Guna concept of asabinsidi, a term denoting two creatures facing one another.

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