This exceptional museum-quality hand-stitched mola portrays a large lion-type creature and two people. Besides the reverse applique technique, this mola incorporates some embroidery.
The lion appears to have five tails, one of which ends in a pincher like a scorpion or crab.
The letters S T M R K appear on the side of the lion, each in a rectangle. Letters above the lion read LAMUJERLE. I think LAMUJERLE was meant to read “La Mujere,” Spanish for “the woman.” Perhaps this mola represents a woman’s power over men.
Mola artists often used letters as graphic elements without knowing how to read. Since all the letters are oriented correctly here, I believe the artist was literate.