TYPE: Documents (Loose)
DIMENSIONS: 22 cm x 25 cm.
COMPONENTS: 1 sheet. Divided in 5 verses, with a painting in the upper margin. Manuscript writing in black ink. Paper backing, small holes in the middle folding lines.
CONDITION: Slightly stained. Painting slightly faded. Overall in good condition. 
NOTES: I know that the exact number for illiteracy in Mexico in 1900 was 80%, imagine the number in 1800!, to that add curious love poems and folk art and you have these exceptional manuscripts.
ITEM ID: 3203

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Colonial Mexican Folk Art Poesm

DATE
Decade: 1800s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: Circa 1800

Colonial Mexican folk art, poem titled: “Viva el amor de Gregorita Vasques;” a love poem dedicated to Gregorita Vasquez.At first they may not seem like much, but the mix of love poems with folk art makes them very attractive. One has to consider that a huge portion of the regular population could not read or write in colonial Mexico, so the vast majority of the manuscripts come from the “Escribanos” of the Government or from the church. An inedit and original literary production, with nothing to do with religion or politics, is very scarce.