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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Culture:Panamanian; Guna people (20th century)
Date Made:mid-20th century
Materials:cotton fabric and thread, three primary layers
Place Made:North America; Panama; San Blas Islands; Corkisque Island
Measurements:Overall: 20 in x 16 5/8 in; 50.8 cm x 42.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1973.98.b
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Marks

Molas are exclusive to the San Blas Islands. They are made from imported mercerized cotton by women, for women to wear as part of a blouse. Images are typically from nature and more recent ones show commercials from the Western world as well as contemporary design elements. This one may depict Nia, a devil.

abstract; lines; patterns; shape; symbolism; symmetry

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