Vintage SET of 3 ~ MEXICAN PUTA Lupita 9" DOLL ~ Paper Mache Muneca Folk Art
Handpainted papier mache doll from Mexico with articulated legs and arms. Pink skin, black hair and outfit with matching shoes. The outfit is decorated with a large flower with glitter trim.
- Mark: Unsigned.
- Measurements (WxHxD): 3.75 x 9 x 2.5 inches
- Condition: See photos and use zoom to fully evaluate condition.
About Mexican Paper Mache Dolls
There are many stories of the Mexican Paper Mache Puta Dolls - They were put in the windows to advertise "Ladies of Entertainment" ... if a man cheated on his wife, he might come home to a Puta Doll in his bed and no wife! At Easter time small ones would be made for little girls to play with. Whatever their purpose, they are one of the delights of Mexico. They have brightly painted clothing - filled with decorations and glittery sparkles. Their arms and legs are articulated - put on with heavy cord, and they can be posed in many ways. She is a "muñeca de carton" - a doll made of paper.
Lupita dolls, also known as cartonería dolls, are toys made from a very hard kind of papier-mâché which has its origins about 200 years ago in central Mexico. They were originally created as a substitute for the far more expensive porcelain dolls and maintained popularity until the second half of the 20th century, with its availability of plastic dolls. Today they are made only by a few artisans’ workshops in the city of Celaya, as collectors’ items.