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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
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

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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