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El Cenachero - Monuments

El Cenachero

El Cenachero

This bronze sculpture created by Málaga artist Jaime Fernández Pimentel in 1968 represents a typical and traditional figure of Málaga, the "Cenachero" or Fish Vendor. El Cenachero sold fish on the streets of the city while maintaining the balance of the two esparto baskets he carried. These basket are called "cenachos" in Spanish, hence his name.

The cenachos were handmade of esparto and filled at the beaches where the central fishing net was landed. Generally, Cenacheros sold anchovies, but also traded in mackerel, sardines or whitebait. The sculpture shows how a traditional cenachero dressed: with a sash, the hanging cenachos and a hat to protect him from the heat.

In honour of the twinning of the cities of Málaga and Mobile, Alabama, Málaga City Council donated a replica of this sculpture to Mobile, which has been erected in a square of this American city.

The Cenachero, the Biznaguero (street vendor of biznagas: basically hand crafted "flowers" of jasmine with a very strong, summery aroma) in the Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso and the donkey Platero (main character of a book) at Málaga Park form a trio of sculptures that characterise the city and that the public holds in great affection.


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