Christ Teaching in the Temple
During the colonial period in Mexico, a unique art form known as enconchado was invented and may be related to both PreHispanic shell mosaic and Asian shell inlay traditions. Enconchado panels and objects were inset with pieces of mother-of-pearl and then painted with oil paints thinned to a translucence, to allow the shimmer of the pearl to shine through the paint. Various workshops in Mexico City and other areas produced these stunning and unusual works of art.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015
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