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painting on bark cloth
  • Florencio de la Cruz
  • painting on bark cloth, late 1800s–1987
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • bark cloth, paint
  • Object Height/Width: 40 x 59.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 15 3/4 x 23 7/16 in
  • Gift of J. Laurence Day
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6902

The rectangle is made of bark cloth depicting a market scene.

It has a large yellow tree with green leaves, a woman wearing a long sleeved blue top with a bright pink and dark blue striped skirt, and a man wearing a long sleeved bright pink top and orange trousers standing on either side of a table with fruit on top and pots below. There is a blue house with a domed thatched roof in the center with a fence to either side. There is a kneeling man with a white hat and an orange long-sleeved top and white pants, a yellow donkey, another man with a long-sleeved bright pink top and dark blue trousers, and a woman in a long-sleeved orange top with a red, white, and blue vertical striped skirt standing in front of the house. There is a pink border with finger-like projections toward the outside, a border with alternating blue and bright pink diamonds, and a border with a bright pink or orange flower at the corners and centers of each side, separated by paired black curlicues with leaf-like shapes in dark blue or light orange.