Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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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, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 41 x 49 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 1/8 x 19 5/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6729

The pIllow has a mola used for the front decorated side and has undecorated black cloth on the back. The front has a red field with a small bird in a canoe-shaped object at the top and inverted at the bottom. The birds are both red with orange detail and a light green or blue combs on their heads. Their feet are embroidered in yellow. The cone shape is red and dark blue or red and yellow. There is a wide horizontal line between with a circle on each end with a black "W." The shapes are outlined in orange, red, green, and light green. Slits in the red field reveal blocks of color: light blue-green, orange, green, blue, light purple, yellow, and grey.