"The Scorpion" or "The Huertista Skull" is an iconic work by the Mexican illustrator and engraver José Guadalupe Posada. This image is a satirical representation of General Victoriano Huerta, who played a prominent role during the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century. Posada is known for his skull illustration style, which became an important part of the Day of the Dead tradition in Mexico.
The design captures the essence of the era and satirically criticizes the government of Huerta. The figure of General Huerta is depicted as a skeletal skull, a common image in Posada's works. This caricature became a symbol of opposition to Huerta's regime and contributed to spreading opinions against his government.
Posada's work is a prominent example of the influence that artists can have on society by visually representing political and social issues. Furthermore, his distinctive style of skulls has endured as an essential element of Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead, where deceased loved ones are celebrated and honored.
Handmade colored paper.
Series of 10 units.
Artisan: Pedro Bonilla.
Origin: San Salvador Huixcolotla, Puebla.
Size: 18 cm x 20 cm / 7.08 in x 7.87 in.
Handcrafted in Mexico.