Swankety Swank Showcase: Sugar Skull Desk

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The Sugar Skull Desk by Yabette

Swankety Swank Showcase presents the Sugar Skull Desk!  This charming curvy desk is all wood and measures 49″ across, 18.5″ deep and 44.5″ across. Just look at those cute feet!

The large handpainted skull on this ruby red desk celebrates Día de los Muertos,  “a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day(November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2).”

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Bird’s Eye View of the Sugar Skull Desk

“Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Due to occurring shortly after Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday, although the two actually have little in common. The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, where partying and eating is common.”

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Angular View of the Sugar Skull Desk

Sugar skulls are known as calaveras.  “Molded from a sugar paste, then decorated with icing, glitter and foil, these skulls often are placed on altars. The sugar represents the sweetness of life, and the skull represents the sadness of death.”

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Closeup View of the Sugar Skull with Signature

“Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl. In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe and in the Philippines, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.”

This piece was cleaned, sanded, refinished, hand painted and clear coated with earth friendly, low VOC paints.

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Extreme Closeup of the Sugar Skull

Come in to Swankety Swank today and examine this beauty in person! Celebrate the sweetness of life and make this piece a part of your home decor!

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