Jan 17, 2018

Enclosed Bird Mola Panel

Enclosed Bird Mola Panel

mid 1900s

Cotton: reverse appliqué

Overall: 44 x 57.2 cm (17 5/16 x 22 1/2 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. F. Louis Hoover 1971.206



Made in pairs—identical or closely related—mola panels naturally play on the concept of duality. The idea of the double runs deep in Guna belief, and this framework also guides the designs of individual panels. Motifs are often doubled, presented as mirror images, or composed so that one side of the design mimics the other , as we see here, with strong emphasis on balancing the right and left sides of the composition.

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