EROTIC, VICTORIAN ERA, FOLK ART GUATEMALAN DEVIL
Period/Date: Likely late 19th century
Materials: wood, glass, paint, gesso, iron and tin
Description: Portrayed in this folk art sculpture is a terrific representation of "El Diablo"! It may have been made to celebrate a festival like the "Quema del Diablo" (Burning of the Devil). Folk art permeates Guatemalan culture. He has inset glass eyes, horns, forked beard and is holding an early handmade iron pitch fork. The obvious overriding feature is that he is holding his phallus. Note that his left foot is the classic cloven hoof. In good condition with some old glued mends to the fingers. It is very detailed and fine quality, making it a memorable and distinctive example for all time. He has epic personality, character and presence.
Dimensions: Height (from base to horns): 15.75" (40 cm), Width 5.25" (13 cm)