Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Mexico
  • candleholder, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, paint, wire
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 26 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 10 1/4 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6298

The ceramic candleholder is possibly a stylized tree of life. It has a dome shaped foot with two curving verticle elements that meet near the top. There are short light colored cylindrical candle holders with a green "X" on top of each curved element. The curved elements are dark blue and bright pink. They each have a purple flower at the top, pink flower where they touch, a green flower midway up, and a dark purple flower at the bottom. There are three green leaves on either side. There is a small dark purple and green bird, possibly an owl, with a white head on a green mound between the vertical elements. There is another bird at the top of the junction. Small yellow pear-like fruits dangle from the end of each curved vertical element.