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Column or pilaster that tapers towards its base, often overlaid by a sequence of geometric solids that obscure the basic structure; it is characteristic of the Churrigueresque style used in 17th- and 18th-century Spanish and Latin American architecture.


Elizabeth Baquedano

Type of sculpture made with melted sugar. It is confined to Mexico, and its origins are uncertain, although it seems likely that it developed in imitation of the Pre-Columbian custom of creating images with tzoalli dough (a Náhuatl term for maize and amaranth seeds kneaded with honey), as described in detail by 16th-century Spanish chroniclers. The latter tradition has survived to the late 20th century alongside sugar sculpture. ...