Devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe increased dramatically in Mexico during the seventeenth century with the publication of books printed in her honor and greater support from the creole population. We even have an example of a Mexican enconchado folding screen that is based on Japanese folding screens and namban lacquer works, but uses imagery borrowed from European prints and tapestries. These represent different moments in the story of the miracle. We believe art has the power to transform lives and to build understanding across cultures. Storage Box in Nanban style, 16th century Japan , gold maki-e on black lacquer, inlaid with mother-of-pearl; silver mounts, 14 x
Paloma. Age: 26.
Storage Box in Nanban style, 16th century Japan , gold maki-e on black lacquer, inlaid with mother-of-pearl; silver mounts, 14 x
Adeline. Age: 22.
Some of the most remarkable images of the Virgin of Guadalupe are created not entirely in paint, but also include mother-of-pearl, or enconchado. The shell is placed into the painting like mosaic, then covered with glazes. During her fourth request on December 12th, she told Juan Diego to gather roses from the hill into his cloak or tilma. It has been suggested that after Japan cut ties with foreigners in the seventeenth century, the demand for Japanese goods or Japanese-inspired goods increased. Today, the original miraculous tilma image hangs in the new basilica at Tepeyac in Mexico City.