Guatemalan Purse Face

In 2003 and 2004 I went to Guatemala to study Spanish. On one of those trips I bought a small purse made by local weavers. It’s been hanging on the wall of my living room since 2008.

Today, for the first time, I glanced sort of sideways at it and saw a face looking back at me. Two steep triangles make the eyebrows, the squares with the W make cheeks (or earrings in a universe with less perspective) and the rest of the face goes from there.

A piece of weaving becomes a face

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6 Responses to Guatemalan Purse Face

  1. Tom Watson says:

    Wow! You see faces everywhere.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Well, there are things staring at me everywhere! 🙂 It’s fun – I find it goes in spurts. Not sure what that part of the brain is doing other times . . .

  2. John Whitman says:

    Isabel – could also be a replication of the face of an Aztec, Mayan or Incan god depending on what the local Guatemalan native culture is.

  3. This photo takes “faces” to another level. You have to appreciate the cultural style of the art to be able to see the face. Without your hints, I would have been at a loss to find those features. What an interesting mindset you have to accommodate that cultural diversity!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Well, as I said, it lived faceless in my house for many years. The other day,for no reason that I understand, it looked at me.

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