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Noche de Muertos bordado (Night of the Dead embroidery)
  • Mexico
  • Noche de Muertos bordado (Night of the Dead embroidery), mid 1900s–1992
  • Where object was made: Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
  • cloth, string, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width: 30 x 41.5 cm image size, matted
    Object Height/Width: 11 3/4 x 16 5/16 in image size, matted
  • Gift of David Burckhalter
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4373
Description
Exhibitions

The bright pink cloth field has an embroidered scene. It has three black stepped pyramid shapes at the top with an orange crescent moon and blue stars. There is a green tree at the facing right upper corner. The four arches have an orange with blue outline, light blue, brown and yellow, and each has a basket of fruit under it. There are three orange flowers with a light blue square bottom on the facing left side. A similar dark blue square with triangles on top is in the facing right lower corner. The figures on the top level, from the facing left consist of a man with a white top and blue trousers, an orange coffin reading "Luis" and a woman with a light blue-green top and bright blue skirt holding a white candle. The figures on the middle level, from the facing left consist of a woman with a baby on her back wearing a dark blue top, a blue skirt and a red apron, a woman with a dark red top, a dark blue skirt and a green/yellow apron holding a white candle, a woman with a yellow dress, and a red apron with a bright blue border. There is a man with a white shirt and black trousers holding a white candle, and a woman with a purple top and red skirt holding a white candle. The figures on the bottom level, from the facing left consist of a man with a dark blue top, white trousers with red detail and a yellow hat, a woman with a white top, a red skirt and a whtie apron with green detail, a man with a yellow hat, a white top with red detail and black trousers, a woman with a red top, a blue skirt and a red apron with white detail, and a man with a yellow hat, a blue top and yellow trousers hodling a white candle.