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wall hanging
  • Guatemala
  • wall hanging, late 1800s–1991
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, dyeing, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width: 92.5 x 84 cm
    Object Length/Width: 36 7/16 x 33 1/16 in
  • Gift of Barbara Waggoner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6569

The small rectangular wall hanging has a white field with wide vertical red stripes with thin black stripes in the red stripes. The seam down the center has decorative stitching in red, black, and orange. There are three full rows of figures and one half row of figures.

Four of the small four-legged animals with long necks are at the top in green and yellow, red and black, dark blue, and yellow and black.

The first full row of figures has men and women. The men wear hats and the women's heads are very stylized. They are decorated in horizontal bands of colors, in a variety of combinations of red, black, yellow, green, purple, and light orange.

The second full row of figures has larger horse-like animals in yellow and light orange with darker details in purple, green, red, or bright blue.

The bottom row has human figures as above in the same combinations of colors.