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Fandango Tehuntepec (crank toy with skeletons and moving parts)
  • Mexico
  • Fandango Tehuntepec (crank toy with skeletons and moving parts), 1985–1995
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, paint, string, wire
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 x 29.5 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 4 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Argersinger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4299

The rectangular wooden box houses a scene of articulated wooden skeletons. Two skeletons sit on a wooden crossbeam, each with a yellow hat, blue sarape over one shoulder and a bottom in one hand. The scene at the lower level has a green table in the center with pink and white detail. There is a black bottle that reads "TEPACHE" and a white bottle that reads "MEZCAL." Two female skeletons wearing red dresses with flowers stand behind the table. There is a girl skeleton (or short woman) at either end of the table, again wearing a red dress with flowers. There is a tissue flower at either end of the table in purple, red and white. The cutout at the top of the rectangle has a green plant in the center and red triangular shapes on either side with white detail. A white banner with green text reads "FANDANGO TEHUNTEPEC." There is a wire crank at the bottom facing right.