header of the Art for Personal Use section of the Grandeur of Vice Regal Mexico Exhibition
portrait of an indian lady, daughter of a Cacique
coconut shell cup

Art created for use in homes reveals the tastes and fashions of wealthy Mexicans. Furniture ranged from small portable writing desks and chests to large wardrobes. Portraits introduce women adorned in rich clothes and jewels. Artists created containers from tin-glazed earthenware and lacquered wood. Wealthy Mexicans drank chocolate from coconut shells mounted in silver and aristocratic ladies kept cigarettes in special gold cases.

Learn more about these selected works of art:
Portrait of an Indian Lady, Daughter of a Cacique
Coconut-Shell Cup


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