A nearly perfect example of an early Mexican multi panel tin lantern in near perfect ready to use condition. Circa 1930. Once common to homes in Mexico, Texas, California and Arizona back in the day.
One of the least known, most versatile, and most beautiful expressions of Mexican folk art is hojalata (tin art work), also known in some parts of Mexico as, lamina or lata. Since the 1500’s, this humble metal has been made more pleasing by being shaped, stamped, punched, painted and cut into a wide variety of decorative and functional artwork.