Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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tree shaped candleholder
  • Mexico
  • tree shaped candleholder, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, paint, wire, molding, glazing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 51 x 49.5 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 1/16 x 19 1/2 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6263

The tree shaped candleholder can hold five candles. The trunk is wider at the base. The candle holder portion is hidden behind the leaves. It has green leaves with yellow detail, blue berries, and blue birds that are secured with wires, giving a three dimensional element. There are blue flowers with yellow details affixed to the branches. Two standing figures, probably Adam and Eve (since their genitals are covered with leaves), stand inside the foliage. A snake is hidden in the foliage between the figures.