Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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old woman and rocking chair
  • Rena
  • old woman and rocking chair, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Missouri, United States
  • clay, cloth, wire, synthetic hair, lace, pipe cleaner, paint, wood
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: together 16 x 6.5 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: together 6 5/16 x 2 9/16 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6973.a,b

The old woman (2007.6973.a) has a clay head and a wire body. She has white hair in a bun and copper colored wire glasses. She is wearing a long-sleeved red dress with yellow flowers and brown leaves. There is black lace detail at the neck, cuffs, and along the front. She has a white and yellow lace shawl. She has white pipe cleaner hands and black clay shoes.

Her rocking chair (2007.6973.b) has a flat seat but the back and arms are made from bent sticks. They are light brown.