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Traditional Pintas, Plants
This pinta is named for its alternating black and white checks, which contrast to depict the shape of Coconut Palms (leaves)
Grain of Coffee (Grano de Café) 
A coffee grower got the idea for this pinta  following careful inspection of a coffee bean.
Flor de Limón
Lime flowers are small.  The small points near this pinta's center likewise represent the small petals of the lime flower.
Flor de Totumo   
This pinta was named for its points, which resemble the petals of a Totumo Tree Flower.
Flor del Bonche (Bonche Flower)

The Bonche is an ornamental plant. Noticing the shape of its flower, this pinta was crafted.
La Maruchita

This pinta is shaped like a button, with a division consisting of three small points. For its small size, it is known as the maruchita, which is a tiny, blue flower that grows  in wetlands.
Los Ojos de Santa Lucia (The Eyes of Santa Lucia)

This pinta shows the Eyes of Santa Lucia, two stars located close together, within a constellation that "entails" a scorpion's sting, as shown in the drawing phase of this transitional photo.
Traditional Pintas, Constellations

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Galeria del Arte Aborigen


The Little Barrel, El Barrilito

This Pinta is named for the similarity of its appearance to a plan view of a bucket for carrying water that is made like a barrel.
El Chuzo 
This pinta is named for the contrast of its black and white figures, where they meet to form points like those of a skewer.
El Pilón 
This pinta is named for its similarity to a basin, such as a mortar used for grinding materials.  In the past, this pinta was made by hard working people, because everyone, (including weavers), had to grind things.
El Mano de Pilón  
This pinta is named for its similarity to a pestle, as in a mortar and pestle.
El Dominó 
This pinta gets its name from its resemblance to the double-two domino.
The Medal (La Medalla)
This Pinta symbolizes an object that adorned golden chains worn by our Zenú ancestors.  It is similar to what we know today as a “charm.”  Because the figure in this pinta has more material above, than below, the point that marks its center, (like a prize ribbon), it was named
The Grater (El Rallador) 
This Pinta is named for its dimples! The idea for it came from the contrast created by the voids in a grater.  This appearance is modeled by white points on a black background.
Tje Bun, El Pancito 
This pinta is named for the baker’s practice of making rolls with various figures on them during holiday seasons.  One such bread was made in a small, square pan, and it bore a figure like the white figure in this pinta.
La Pinta de la Baraja (The Face of the Card)
This pinta is named for the similarity of the figure in its center to the single diamond that appears on the Ace of diamonds.
The Braid (La Trencilla) 
This pinta was named for its similarity to a braided ribbon used to adorn garments, which featured a design similar to the letter M.
La Peineta 
This Pinta was crafted with the appearance of an ornamental comb for securing the hair in mind; similar to a modern-day French comb.
El Billete 
When this pinta was crafted, a green currency bill with marks similar to eyes was in circulation.  This pinta features two rows of three pairs of small, white heart figures, back to back, enclosing black points.  Together, these figures look like eyes, similar to the markings of the bill for which this Pinta is named.
La Punta del Billete, The Corner of the Bill 
This Pinta marks the accentuated corner of a  particular currency bill.
Lazo para Vestido, Garment Loop
It was common to see garments secured by a waistband fastened with a bow.  For this reason, the Garment Loop pinta was fashioned.
Lazo para Moño, Hair Bun Ribbon
When old women were securing their hair with peinetas (see other exhibit), they secured girl’s hair in buns; hence ribbon ties for hair buns became popular.  This pinta resembles a Hair Bun Ribbon.
El Tango, The Tango
This Pinta commemorates the look of an accessory women used to decorate their ears, which was equivalent today's "earring."  Notice that the configuration of this earring is similar to the embrace of a man and woman doing The Tango Dance.
Traditional Pintas of Objects