Bronze Don Quixote And Sancho Panza Of La Mancha Statues Figurines 3.94133
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Bronze Don Quixote And Sancho Panza Of La Mancha Statues Figurines 3.94133:
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Folks, you are in luck. I nailed these statues in an sale over in Aiken SC last weekend (9/20/2013). I had to fight for them but it was worth it.
If you know the story or have read the book you are going to love having these in the house to remind you of their adventures. I read the book about twelve years ago and still laugh when I think about it.
The statues measure: Don Quixote 17.5" tall and the base is 4" x 4". Sancho is 14" tall and the base is 6" x 54".
The First Sally
Alonso Quijano, the protagonist of the novel, is a retired country gentleman nearing fifty years of age, living in an unnamed section of La Mancha with his niece and housekeeper. While mostly a rational man of sound reason, his reading of books of chivalry in excess has had a profound effect on him, leading to the distortion of his perception and the wavering of his mental faculties. In essence, he believes every word of these books of chivalry to be true though, for the most part, the content of these books is clearly fiction. Otherwise, his wits are intact. He decides to go out as a knight-errant in search of adventure. He dons an old suit of armour, renames himself "Don Quixote de la Mancha," and names his skinny horse "Rocinante". He designates Aldonza Lorenzo, a neighboring farm girl as his lady love, renaming her Dulcinea del Toboso, while she knows nothing about this.
He sets out in the early morning and ends up at an inn, which he believes to be a castle. He asks the innkeeper, whom he thinks to be the lord of the castle, to dub him a knight. He spends the night holding vigil over his armor, where he becomes involved in a fight with muleteers who try to remove his armor from the horse trough so that they can water their mules. The innkeeper then dubs him a knight to be rid of him, and sends him on his way. Don Quixote next "frees" a young boy who is tied to a tree and beaten by his master by making his master swear on the chivalric code to treat the boy fairly. The boy's beating is continued as soon as Quixote leaves. Don Quixote has a run-in with traders from Toledo, who "insult" the imaginary Dulcinea, one of whom severely beats Don Quixote and leaves him on the side of the road. Don Quixote is found and returned to his home by a neighboring peasant.
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The Mola StoryA short 30 minute flight from Panama City will take you several centuries back into the past, as you visit the San Blas Islands of the Kuna people, who still keep their old lifestyle and traditions.
The Archipelago is composed of over three hundred islands, some inhabited, some not, some named others remaining nameless to this day, all of them surrounded with crystal clear waters. It is Paradise found.
The Kuna people wear dresses adorned with hand made molas, as well as colored bead ornaments on their wrists and ankles. Chains, pectorals, a red headress, and gold noserings complete their every-day attire.
Your adventure at San Blas could be a stay at an uninhabited island, a fishing tour, dancing and traditional rites, diving and spear-gun fishing, the enjoyment of the crystalline waters or merely the peace of a hammock swung by the wind.
But to complete your visit you will undoubtably purchase a souvenir mola to remember your adventure.
Molas are undoubtedly the most famous art produced in Panama. The Kuna women have been sewing these works of art for years. They incorporate them into their clothing, usually with one mola serving as the front of the blouse, and another for the back. The mola is often described as a reverse appliqué. For each color of cloth that you see there is a piece of cloth of that color sewn into the mola. Each mola is hand-stitched with thousand of stitches. The theme of the mola is determined by the imagination of the artist.
Once assembled, they are placed on both the lower front and lower back of a blouse. These colorful blouses are only part of the daily attire worn by the Kuna women of Central America. The mola blouses, and mola panels, in and of themselves, have come to be prized collectibles among textile enthusiasts and museums.
The way that Kuna women dress has come to symbolize their ï¿½Kunaness,ï¿½ . In addition to mola blouses, women wear imported red and yellow head scarves, wrap around skirts, gold nose rings and earrings, and rectangular units of decorative beads which encircle calves and forearms. In addition, a black stripe is painted on the nose and runs the full length of it. This practice is thought to enhance beauty, and is a reminder of the more extensive body painting practices of former times. Women sometimes paint their faces with a rouge made from achiote seeds. Mola making itself originated with the Kuna in the second half of the nineteenth century. Unalike Mola panels are made in pairs, although they are purposely not exactly alike. The Kuna believe that everything in the universe comes in pairs, but like man and woman, each is dissimilar. Molas themselves, which possess numerous layers of cloth, seem to be symbolically representative of the Kuna legends about how the earth was created in various colored layers. An example of two similar yet incongruent molas are shown here in this pair that feature geometric patterns. More information on Molas and the Kuna people may be found at www.quiltersmuse.com/Mola2.htm (copy and paste the link). Our representatives personally know the Kuna artists and have purchased thousands of Molas so that you too can appreciate this rare and delicate art form. The only REAL molas are the hand-sewn molas of the Kuna people, accept no substitutions, these are the real McCoy!
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