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Day of the Dead Collector's Gallery

Large paper Mache skulls from the Linares family
Papier mâché made by the famous Linares family

Gigante Agustin Galicia Papier Mâché Skulls

New shipment! Finely detailed extra-extra large (gigante) skulls! Approximately 14" h x 13 "w x 19" jaw to back of head - about the size of a laundry basket. Assorted bright colors. Choose your color by email before ordering, if desired. NEW stock just arrived!
F2027 $325 each

Excellent pieces for your collection!

Hand-painted Augustin Galacia Papier Mache skulls Gigante papier mache skull

Collector's Medium Papier Mâché Skulls by Señor Agustin Galicia

Several colors to choose from - 9" x 7" x 8" (life-size). NEW stock just arrived!
$135 each
Single extra-large (gigante) skull close-up

NEW Gigante Retablos

These spectacular piece of folk art are the original creation of Mexico City artist Rafael Rodriguez. He carves and makes many of the furniture and mini elements inside these beautifully handcrafted retablos. Scenes are extremely well detailed and are a showcase piece for any collector, restaurant or museum. These diorama type retablo scene boxes were first made by 19th-century resident nuns in the Santa Monica convent in Puebla. Wood with glass. Because of the fragility of these pieces, they should be picked up at our warehouse. Please contact us for details.

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Large handmade Day of the Dead ofrenda with decorated ofrenda table, skeletons, papel picado, marigolds and words from 1939. Large handmade wooden retablo showing a sugar skull maker at his shop with lots of sugar skulls, bags of sugar, a friendly skeleton, stove and words from 1937.

Gigante Retablo – Day of the Dead Ofrenda

20" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall. Mexico
A4101 $525

Gigante Retablo – Sugar Skull Maker

20" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall. Mexico
A4102 $525

Colorful Frida skeleton head altar with candle holder

Castillo Style Day of the Dead Village Scenes Pottery

The most expensive Castillo piece I've ever seen was in Puerto Vallarta, and it was an entire intricate circus scene that cost over $13,000 made by one of the famous first generation Castillo artists. There are many talented offshoots of this huge family these days.

It's unusual to see a Mexican pottery that is fired and then painted with natural dyes or acrylics in place of glazes. The Castillo style pottery is beautiful, interesting and makes wonderful additions to any Day of the Dead collection... and yes, still painted with one-hair paintbrushes. We hope you enjoy these museum quality Castillo style pieces!

Explore our extensive Castillo style Day of the Dead Folk Art Collection

NEW Castillo Style Frida Altar

(left) Amazing piece! 6' tall x 6.5" wide x 4" deep. Candle holder is at the top, center, with a 3/8" diameter candle deposit. Her sugar skull earrings dangle. Colors and designs are unique.

A5250 $175 each

bicycle built for 2 skeleton novios

Bicycle Built for 2 Skeleton Novios

This happy couple is leaving for their honeymoon. Our wonderfully talented, young folk artist in Puebla made these tin bicycles by hand. We can't keep them in stock! The bicycle is made from soldered metal and the skeletons are clay. The bride is dressed in a lacy dress & veil as she holds on for dear life! 71/4" wide x 7.5" high x 2 deep. Mexico

A2192 $75 each

2 lesbian skeleton novias riding a bicycle built for 2 2 gay skeleton novios riding a bicycle built for 2

NEW Bicycle Built for 2 Lesbian Skeleton Novias

71/4" wide x 7.5" high x 2 deep. Mexico
A5101 $75 each

NEW Bicycle Built for 2 Gay Skeleton Novios

71/4" wide x 7.5" high x 2 deep. Mexico
A5100 $75 each

Fisherman retablo open to show 3 fisherman and their day's catch.

NEW Fisherman Retablo

The three skeleton spirit fisherfolks are busy at work. There's a lot of story being told in this retablo. As you open the doors, you see the skeletons holding the day's catch.

Every aspect of this nicho is beautifully executed with lots of fish and baskets, detailed skeletons & a delightful paint job. This piece is a collector's dream.

Very limited quantities. 4" wide x 5 1/2" high x 2" deep. Peru

A5311 $90 each

It's rare to find a papier mâché piece as good as these! One of my favorites! The pieces are over 2 feet tall and command a room with excitement, color & classic Mexico "tipico".

Everyone's heard of the Mexican Hat Dance, but the real name of the national dance of Mexico is called the Jarabe Tapatio, which originated in the state of Jalisco. After the Revolution in 1921, a group of nation builders and in particular Jose Vasconcellos, instituted many ideas to create "National Identity" for their war torn country. They decided this dance would be learned by school children all over Mexico. This iconic image of a beautiful woman dancing in a full dance skirt has been immortalized on labels, neon Mexican restaurant signs, cigar boxes, text books, travel posters and a myriad of items.

This beautiful set of papier mache skeletons reflect the nostalgia for Revolutionary times in skeleton form. The pieces are sold separately so you can buy just the woman if you like. A great piece for any collection or ofrenda. If you have a couple color preferences, mention it in the ORDER NOTES upon checkout.

Extra large papier mache  China Poblana Mexican Hat dancer Papier mache Mexican hat dance couple with guitar
Variety (6) of China Poblana dancers in unique outfits and Charro skeleton

Skeleton Mexican Hat Dancers

Large papier mâché, 26" tall. Fun & Collectible!
Senorita N2103 $285
Mexican Hat Dance Couple N2102 $395
Charro Boy N2104 $155 | Guitar N2105 $25 (out temporarily)

3 happy skeleton bread bakers making pan de muerte, large rustic stone stove, firewood and baskets of bread.
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Skeleton Bread Bakers with Rustic Stone Oven

Winner of the Best Folk Art Find of 2015!

The three skeleton spirit bakers are busy at work making the traditional and iconic "bread of the dead" (pan de muerto). There's a lot of story being told in this retablo. As you open the doors, you see the skeletons in their baker's hats, forming the bread into bone shapes before sliding them into the stone oven. Every aspect of this nicho is beautifully executed with mounds of bread, detailed skeleton & delightful paint job. Very limited quantities. 4" wide x 5 1/2" high x 2" deep. Peru

A5150 $90 each (out temporarily)

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