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Handcrafted altarpiece is gift to Snoqualmie from Peru

January 28, 2013 · 9:39 AM
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Mayor Valcarcel of Chaclacayo, Peru, presents a hand-carved retablo, or altarpiece, to Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. / Courtesy photo

A handcrafted gift showing the bond between the people of Snoqualmie and their sister city, Chaclacayo, Peru, is now on display at City Hall.

A retablo is an altarpiece that represents the festivities and joy celebrated by the people of the Peruvian Andes.

This colorful piece was created in Ayacucho, Peru and given to Snoqualmie as a gift. It depicts the nativity, a bakery, a hat shop, a ceramic shop, musicians, and the making of the altarpiece’s wooden doors. It also shows people dancing in a traditional Peruvian festival called Yunsa. In this festival, they decorate a tree with blankets, plastic containers, colorful balloons and other items.

Retablos are made from a wooden box that is hand painted. The doors are colorful and adorned with floral motifs. Each figure is made with a paste of ceramic and then hand painted and placed inside. They are made in different sizes, with different floors. Its purpose is to celebrate the festive spirit of the Peruvian people.

It was made by artist Jorge Chiquillanqui Begaz and presented by Mayor Valcarcel to Mayor Larson.

Chaclacayo is located in the vicinity of Lima, Peru, and has a population of about 41,000 people. It sits at 2,123 feet of elevation, in the valley of the Rimac River.

Snoqualmie has about 11,000 population and is at about 410 feet of elevation downtown.

 

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