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ceramic skull candleholder
  • Mexico
  • ceramic skull candleholder, 1985–1995
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • ceramic, paper, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 x 13.5 x 16.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 1/2 x 5 5/16 x 6 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: Argersinger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4324

The white ceramic skull has a goblet shape cut from the forehead and the top of the skull. The goblet outline is painted gold and there is light blue tissue paper behind it. There is red tissue behind the cutouts for the eyes and nose. Brown paint outlines the facial features and teeth. There is a hole behind the goblet.