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Pegasus figure

Description: Have you ever seen a horse with wings? While the famed image of the imaginary creature, Pegasus, evolved from Greek mythology, it appears in the folklore of many cultures around the world. This Oaxacan image of Pegasus (or Pegaso) is very different from the traditional one. Black and covered with intricately painted designs, this Pegasus looks as if he may have flown through a rainbow, mist of floating feathers or, perhaps, a field of wildflowers during one of his journeys! The artwork was made by artist Francisco Cruz from Oaxaca, Mexico. The Zapotec Indians, native residents of the region, have achieved international fame with artworks like this. Their works are purchased by private collectors, museums and art galleries around the world. The fun, colorful and whimsical creations are clearly a continuation of a unique, innovative Mexican art tradition that has existed for centuries. The shapes of the figures are hand carved and painted with the help of the artist's entire family. Most of the ideas derive from the artists' environment and include animals, insects and other imaginative forms.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Geography: Mexico
Subjects: Pegasus (Greek mythology)
Oaxaca de Jua´rez (Mexico)
Zapotec Indians
Zapotec art
Art, Mexican

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