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Retablos by the Jimenez Family and Others
The term retablo traditionally applies to a broad variety of religious images which are painted and sculpted over much of Latin America. The word is derived from the Latin retro tabula, which means behind the (altar) table, where devotional images were typically placed. In Mexico, New Mexico and Guatemala retablo (or strictly speaking, retablo santo) has taken the form of images of Christ, the virgin, or the saints, painted on tin or wood. Carved and painted wood sculptures of saints and religious figures set in shallow boxes are generally referred to as nichos in this area.

The Peruvian retablo is, in a sense, a blend of the two forms. Figures of individual saints may be carved or sculpted of a mix of plaster and cooked potato and set in a shadow box, like a nicho. But frequently, as in the pieces shown here, they take the form of a three dimensional painting of a scene, consisting of many figures in very complex environments. The boxes form miniature houses or shrines, often with opening doors and a gable above the opening. Typically both the doors and the sides of the box are covered with an ornate, polychrome floral decoration. The Peruvian retablos traditionally serve as household shrines, which combine folk and Christian tradiions. The art form has evolved to include the depiction of secular scenes of daily life in Peru, such as markets, shops, harvests, weddings and other ceremonies. In some cases the subject matter may even be political, depicting the turmoil of the last few years.

Claudio Jimenez Quispe is an internationally renowned maker of retablos. Originally from a famous family of retablo makers in Ayacucho, he now works in Lima. His work has been exhibited all over the world, and he frequently demonstrates his exquisite technique, as at Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market in 2004. Other members of his family, such as siblings Nicario, Eleudora and Mabilon, and nephew and niece Luis and Julia Huamani Rodriguez are also skilled retablistas.


Claudio Jimenez Quispe with his Casa de los Gatos retablo in Santa Fe. July 2005


The Retablo Shop - detail of a retablo by Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez




Claudio Jimenez Quispe at work at
International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe, NM, July 2004



Mabilon Jimenez Quispe, as profiled in HAND/EYE Magazine (#08), in the article "Small Worlds", by Colvin English, Summer 2012. Photograph by Musuk Nolte.


Large Mask Shop Retablo (#PRTB7)



Medium Mask Shop Retablo (#PRTB7-med.)


The Mask Shop - Retablo (#PRTB7)
Mabilon and/or Eleudora Jimenez (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(13 3/4" h. x 7 3/4" w. x 3 1/4" d.)

Exact designs will vary.

$345

Medium Mask Shop - Retablo (#PRTB7-med.)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

Exact designs will vary.

$275

SOLD 12/13

Small Mask Shop - Retablo (#PRTB7-sm.)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(7 1/2" h. x 4" w. x 2 1/4" d.)
(Small retablo not shown, but design similar)

$125


The Retablo Shop (large) - Retablo (#PRTB11-1)


The Retablo Shop (large) - Retablo (#PRTB11-3)


The Retablo Shop (medium) - Retablo (#PRTB11-med)


The Retablo Shop - Retablo (#PRTB11)
Eleudora and/or Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2008, 2012
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(9 3/4" h. x 12" w. x 3" d.)

Exact designs will vary.

$345

Medium Retablo Shop - Retablo (#PRTB11-med.)
Eleudora and/or Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2008
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

Exact designs will vary.

$225

Out of Stock



Nacimiento (Nativity) - Retablo (#PRTB13)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2009
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`10" h. x 12" w. x 3" d.)
Each retablo is unique. Exact design will vary.

$295

SOLD 12/2010


Large Curandero de la Selva (Jungle Healer) Retablo (#PRTB15)


Medium Curandero de la Selva (Jungle Healer) Retablo (#PRTB15-med)



Medium Curandero de la Selva (Jungle Healer) Retablo (#PRTB15-med)
(Version two.)


Curandero de la Selva (Jungle Healer) Retablo (#PRTB15)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 1/2" h. x 11 3/4" w. x 3"" d.)
Note: exact design will vary.

$345

Curandero de la Selva (Jungle Healer) - Retablo (#PRTB15-med)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

Note: exact design will vary.

$195

SOLD 6/2012



Bodega (Store) - Retablo (#PRTB16)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2008
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`13 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3 1/2" d.)

$345

SOLD 3/2013

Small Bodega (Store) - Retablo (#PRTB16-sm)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2013
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 3/4" h. x 5 1/2" w. x 3" d.)

$225

SOLD 8/2014



Large Mercado de las Frutas (Fruit Market) - Retablo (#PRTB18)



Medium Mercado de las Frutas (Fruit Market) - Retablo (#PRTB18-med.)


Mercado de las Frutas (Fruit Market) - Retablo (#PRTB18)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2008
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 1/2" h. x 11 3/4" w. x 3" d.)

$345

SOLD 3/2010

Mercado de las Frutas (Fruit Market) - Retablo (medium) (#PRTB18-med)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru)
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$275

Small Mercado de las Frutas (Fruit Market) - Retablo (#PRTB18-sm.)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(5 1/2" h. x 6" w. x 2 1/4" d.)
(Small retablo not shown, but design similar)

$125

SOLD 2/2014



Large Carnaval Musicians (Fiesta) Retablo (#PRTB19)


Medium Carnaval Musicians (Fiesta) Retablo (#PRTB19-med.)



Small Carnaval Musicians (Fiesta) Retablo (#PRTB19-sm.)


Carnaval Musicians (Fiesta) - Retablo (large) (#PRTB19)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru)
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`10" h. x 11 3/4" w. x 3"" d.)

$345

SOLD 12/13
Carnaval Musicians (Fiesta) - Retablo (medium) (#PRTB19-med)
Mabilon & EledoraJimenez (Peru)
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$275

SOLD 2/14

Carnaval Musicians (Fiesta) - Retablo (small) (#PRTB19-sm)
Edilberto, Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2004
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(5 1/2" h. x 6" w. x 2 1/4" d.)

$95

SOLD 1/06



Crucifixion - Retablo (#PRTB23)
B. Pizarro (Peru), 2005
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`10 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$175

SOLD 1/07



Noah's Ark - Retablo (#PRTB24)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Ayacucho, Peru), c.2005
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`10 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$175

SOLD 6/13



Santa Rosa de Lima - Retablo (#PRTB29)
Mabilon & Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), 2006
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and design may vary)
(`13 3/4" h. x 8" w. x 3 1/4" d.)

$295

SOLD 12/2007


Version one. SOLD


Version two. SOLD

Virgen de Guadalupe - Retablo Frame (without doors) (#PRTB30b)
Mabilon & Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(Exact colors and design will vary)
(`9" h. x 8" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

$95 SOLD



Dance of the Negritos - Retablo (#PRTB35)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), 2006
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`93/4" h. x 11 3/4" w. x 3" d.)

$295

SOLD 1/2009



Cosecha de Tunas (Cactus Harvest) - Retablo (#PRTB38)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 1/2" h. x 11 3/4" w. x 3" d.)

$325

SOLD 2/2014



Flower Harvest - Retablo (#PRTB39)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`9 1/2" h. x 11 3/4" w. x 3" d.)

$325

SOLD 2/2014


Nacimiento (Nativity) - Retablo (medium) (#PRTB40-med)


Nacimiento (Nativity) - Retablo (large) (#PRTB40)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`10 1/2" h. x 12" w. x 3" d.)

$325

Nacimiento (Nativity) - Retablo (medium) (#PRTB40-med)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`10 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$175

SOLD



Weaving Shop - Retablo (#PRTB41)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(10 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$175

SOLD

Small Weaving Shop - Retablo (#PRTB41-sm)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (small retablo not shown, but design similar)
(5 1/2" h. x 4 1/4" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

$68

SOLD



Mask Shop - Retablo (#PRTB43)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`10 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$295

SOLD 12/07


Cantina Retablo (#PRTB44)


Medium Cantina Retablo (#PRTB44-med.)


Cantina - Retablo (#PRTB44)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2008
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`13 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3 1/2" d.)
May come in vertical (shown) or horizontal format.

$295 (available in horizontal version)

SOLD 10/10

Medium Cantina - Retablo (#PRTB44-med)
Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$215



Weaving Shop - Retablo (#PRTB45)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2008
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`13 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3 1/2" d.)
May come in vertical (shown) or horizontal format.

$295 (available in horizontal version)

SOLD 11/09

Medium Weaving Shop - Retablo (#PRTB44-med)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$195



Flower Shop - Retablo (#PRTB46)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`9 1/2" h. x 11 3/4" w. x 3" d.)

$295

SOLD 6/2012



Hat Shop Retablo (#PRTB50-med)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2007
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$195

SOLD 6/09



Nacimiento (Nativity) - Retablo (#PRTB57)
Tobias Caceres (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(6 3/8" h.. x 7" w. x 2 1/2" d.)

$68




Nacimiento (Nativity) - Medium Retablo (#PRTB57-med)
Tobias Caceres (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(5" h.. x 3 1/4" w. x 2" d.)

$24





Nacimiento (Nativity) - Small Retablo (#PRTB57-sm)
Tobias Caceres (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(2 3/4" h.. x 2 1/4" w. x 1 1/4" d.)

$19







Doctor's Office - Retablo (#PRTB58)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2008, 2012, 2013
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary).
(`93/4" h. x 11 3/4" w. x 3" d.)

$350



La Sirena - Retablo (#PRTB59)
Luis & Julia Huamani Rodriguez (Peru), c.2008
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`6 1/2" h. x 4" w. x 1 3/4" d.)

$95





Heart - Retablo (#PRTB61)
Jesus Sanchez (Peru), c.2008
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors, text and specific design will vary)
(3 1/4" h. x 2 1/4" w. x 1" d.)

$19

Out of Stock


Toy Shop - Retablo (#PRTB63)


Toy Shop - Retablo (#PRTB63-med)


Toy Shop - Retablo (#PRTB63)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru)
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(13 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3 1/4" d.)

$345

SOLD 2/11

Medium Toy Shop - Retablo (#PRTB63-med)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru)
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(`9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$275

SOLD 9/14

Small Toy Shop - Retablo (#PRTB63-sm)
Eleudora and Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2013
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)

(`9 3/4" h. x 5 1/2" w. x 3" d.)

$225



Casa de Gatos - Retablo (#PRTB64-lg)
Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), c.2008
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(10" h. x11 3/4" w. x 3" d.)

$295

SOLD 10/09

Medium Casa de Gatos- Retablo (#PRTB64-med)
Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), c.2010
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(`9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$215

SOLD 12/13


Version One (#PRTB68-1) SOLD


Version Three (#PRTB68-3) SOLD


San Francisco - Retablo Frame (without doors) (#PRTB68)
Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), c.2010, 2013
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(Exact colors and design will vary)
(`9" h. x 8" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

$120

SOLD


Version One (#PRTB69-1) SOLD


Version Two (#PRTB69-2) SOLD

Santa Rosa de Lima - Retablo Frame (without doors) (#PRTB69)
Mabilon & Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), c.2010, 2013
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(Exact colors and design will vary)
(`9" h. x 8" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

$95

SOLD 5/14





Cowboy Boot Shop - Retablo (#PRTB73)
Eleudora Jimenez (Peru), c.2010
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(13 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3 1/4" d.)

$295

SOLD 12/12



Te Amo - Heart Retablo (#PRTB77)
Peru,
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors, text and specific design may vary)
(5 1/4" h. x 3" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

$28

Out of Stock



Carino Mio - Heart Retablo (#PRTB78)
Jesus Sanchez (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors, text and specific design may vary)
(3 3/4" h. x 2 3/4" w. x 1 1/4" d.)

$16

Out of Stock


Medium Casa de Corazones Retablo (#PRTB79-med.)


Medium Casa de Corazones Retablo (#PRTB79-med.)


Small Casa de Corazones Retablo (#PRTB79-sm.)

Medium Casa de Corazones (Heart Shop) - Retablo (#PRTB79-med)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2012
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$285

Small Casa de Corazones (Heart Shop) - Retablo (#PRTB79-sm)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru), c.2012
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(9 1/2" h. x 5 1/2" w. x 3" d.)

$220







Danza de las Vacas Retablo (#PRTB92)
Mabilon Jimenez (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(9 1/2" h. x 8" w. x 3" d.)

$275

SOLD 2/14



Virgen de Guadalupe Retablo (#PRTB95)
Tobias Caceres (Peru),
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box (colors and specific design may vary)
(4 1/8" h. x 2 5/8" w. x 1 1/2" d.)

$22

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