In the wake of the Conquistadors, Christian missionaries came to the San Blas Islands. They introduced one of its most exciting pictorial themes, that of biblical stories. The Christian views were a radical departure from traditional Guna mythology. From the very beginning, artisans were attracted to the visual forms of religious symbolism in Christianity and incorporated them into their stitchery. The cross, for example, which had previously been no more than a natural design element carried over from the Guna's love of body painting, soon took on a new Christian meaning.
Christ on the Cross [1997.1.294]
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden [1997.1.177b]
Moses Found by the Pharaoh's Daughter [1997.1.297]
A Church or Cathedral [1997.1.296]
Christ Carrying the Cross [1997.1.295]
This mola shows Christ on his way to Calvary carrying the cross. It shows that moment when he stumbled and Simon of Cyrene was forced by the soldiers to also take up the cross. The colors used for the cross seem to make it stand out from the picture.
Infant Jesus in Manger [1997.1.300]
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden [1997.1.299]
Saint Francis of Assisi and Birds [1997.1.231]
St. Michael, the Devil and the Scales of Justice [1997.1.307]
This mola depicts the scales of justice and Saint Michael in confrontation with the devil, an extremely unusual theme. The stitching is exquisite so we assume that it was created by an artist of major importance. For example, note the fine embroidery of the hair on Saint Michael. The embroidery all over the mola is carefully and evenly done as is the tucking and stitching.