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Straw Trunk

STRAW MARQUETRY

In colonial and territorial New Mexico, gold was both scarce and precious. Only the very rich had access to gold and then only in limited amounts. Certainly, gold was too precious to be used for decoration. This was problematic for New Mexico’s carpenters and wood carvers as their wealthier clients wished to reflect the wealth and status they had accumulated through ornate decoration and ornamentation.

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