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Noche de Matachines (crank toy of dancers)
  • Mexico
  • Noche de Matachines (crank toy of dancers), 1985–1995
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, paint, cotton, pigment, paper, string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 46 x 28.5 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 1/8 x 11 1/4 x 4 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Argersinger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4283

A house shaped box that has a single gable at the top and two windows that poke out. A wooden element crosses left to right about halfway up the box. Two articulated wooden skeletons with cotton hair sit on the wooden element. The wooden bar is painted red, black and orange. There is a tissue flower in light blue, purple and red at either end of the bar. A female skeleton wearing a pink skirt and red sash stands below the wooden bar. Her arms appear to be articulated and moved by the visible string at her head. She has pink, red and green dots on her head, possibly flowers. She is behind a light green box with red and white details that has a skeleton dog with an articulated mouth. There are articulated skeletons with cotton hair on either side of the box. There are tissue flowers with red, purple and light blue on either side of the box. The house itself has decoration at the top. It is pink with dark blue, white and green detail. The windows are green. There is a blue banner with white text that reads "NOCHE DE MATACHINES." There is a wire crank at the facing right bottom.