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Viva la Muerte (miniature scene depicting a mariachi band)
  • Mexico
  • Viva la Muerte (miniature scene depicting a mariachi band), 1985–1995
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, paint, ceramic, ribbon, glitter
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 6.5 x 10 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Argersinger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4278

Miniature scene with four white skeletons. The facing left figure wears white and holds a red accordian. The center left figure wears a white top, green sash, red bottom and yellow ribbon shawl. The middle right figure wears a yellow hat and purple sash on the left shoulder. The far facing right figure holds a yellow guitar. The walls are blue with white dots, and there is a colorful shawl with wavy stripes of pink, green, yellow, orange and black behind the figures. The floor and exterior are red.