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Catrina figure
  • Felipe Linares
    born 1936
    born: Mexico City, Mexico ; active: Mexico
  • Catrina figure, 1955–1995
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • papier-mâché, paint, lace, feathers, paper, glitter
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 72 x 24 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 3/8 x 9 7/16 x 9 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Argersinger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4370

The standing female skeleton is wearing a long blue-green dress and a large pink hat. The hat has a lace border and gold trim, white paper calla lillies and pink feathers. The sleeves and rest of her dress is decorated with yellow wave-like curlicues and dark blue detail. There is a wide purple band at the hem and a white ruffle with white glitter. She has a brown and yellow snake covered with yellow, green and red feathers draped around her shoulders. She is wearing blue-green high heeled shoes. The figure is mounted on a small yellow rectangular base. Her left arm is bent to her large abdomen. Her right arm is bent at the elbow with her hand raised.