Mexican Feathercraft was already an ancient art when Cortes visited Mexico in 1521 and he referred to the feather work as feather jewels of the Aztecs. Birds were a prominent part of Aztec mythology and remain in their symbology today.
Feathercraft is a painstaking work of applying tiny feathers one by one to a paper pattern and building up to the long tail feathers. The work is further defined with painted background details (in this case it looks like tempera). This particular painting is of a red cardinal. It is presented in a hand carved frame and under glass. The back is sealed with paper and old paper tape. A brief history of Feathercraft is attached to the backing.
The picture is 7½ x 9½ inches and the framed work is 10 x 12 inches. This piece is in excellent vintage condition. The white flecks on the glass are lint from cleaning cloth. The painting is not effected. This particular work dates to the late 30s or early 40s and is signed only "Mexico."