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skeleton in coffin
  • Mexico
  • skeleton in coffin, 1986–1996
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, paint, wire, cotton
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 12 x 5.5 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 6 11/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of the Friends of the KUMA
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4371

The wooden skeleton with cotton hair is laying in a wooden coffin. The box has a blue bottom half (base) and a white top half (coffin) which is decorated with green wavy lines and red dots. There are green leaf shapes in clusters of three on either side. Half of the top of the box is open revealing the skeleton which has articulated shoulders and sits up when cranked.