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mola
  • Kuna (Cuna) peoples
  • mola, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Panama
  • cotton, thread, appliqué, embroidering
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 29.5 x 39 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 11 5/8 x 15 3/8 in
    Frame Dimensions: 34.5 x 43 cm
    Frame Dimensions: 13 9/16 x 16 15/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6480
Description
Exhibitions

The rectangular cloth panel is appliqued depicting a mythical creature and other smaller animals and plants. The central figure has large pointed ears, front legs to the proper right and appears to be standing on its rear legs, a long tail curling into the upper proper left corner. A bird occupies the space between the tail and ears. A smaller four-legged creature with a long tail resembling a cat is in the lower proper right corner, another small animal resembling a monkey occupies the lower proper left corner. There is a palm tree along the proper right side, and a shorter flower-like design on the proper left side.

The central figure is heavily embroidered with "X's", zigzagging lines, dashed lines, and rows of triangles.

The bird has rectangular feather detail appliqued on the body.

The monkey and cat both have appliqued squares on the body with dashed lines embroidered on the legs.

Vein detail is embroidered on all of the plants.

The negative spaces between figures and plants are filled with clusters of vertical stripes in yellow, green, orange, dark blue, light blue, and pink.

There is applique on the figures in yellow, orange, dark blue, light blue, white, light green, and pink.

It is currently in a thin undecorated black frame.