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coffin with a skeleton
  • Mexico
  • coffin with a skeleton, 1981–1991
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca de Juárez City Market, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • paper, paint, ceramic
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 18.5 x 7.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 7 1/4 x 2 15/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Lynn M. Ward
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4332

The white coffin has a rectangular cutout to show the skeleton's face. The skull is ceramic, but he appears to be wearing a black paper top. The white coffin has a blue flower with a wavy stem and a partial sun on the top. The sides are decorated with dark blue scallops. There is a dark blue cross on one end and a dark blue flower on the other.