Large diablitos sculpture of soft-fired, painted terra cotta in the Ocumicho style.
The distinctive diablitos originated in the 1960's in the town of Ocumicho in Mexico, when a young man named Marcelino Vicente strayed into the "women's work" of making ceramics. Vicente's imaginative miniature devil figures were at once grotesque, comical and weird, and a craze developed for his artwork; throughout the 1960's he expanded his workshop and employed many women of the town. With imagery from both religious stories and folktales, the famous diablito style became synonymous with the town of Ocumicho, where the legacy of the eccentric Vicente lives on to this day.
An unusually elaborate example in good condition. One artist repair on the bottom and several later repairs, pictured in details.