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pillow with mola cover
  • unknown Guna maker
  • pillow with mola cover, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: San Blas Islands, Panama
  • cotton, appliqué, feathers?
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 36.5 x 51.5 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 3/8 x 20 1/4 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6728

The rectangular pillow has a mola used for the front with an undecorated back. The decorated side has red field and a red bird with a long neck and blue detail. The bird's tail has many colors: blue-green, light blue green, pink, yellow, purple, and orange. There are plant designs also in red, with the same colors behind and revealed in slits through the design. It was possibly stuffed with feathers.