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skull shaped candleholder with a cluster of fish
  • Manuel Aguilar
    active: Mexico
  • skull shaped candleholder with a cluster of fish, 1986–1996
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 x 21 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 3 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of the Friends of the KUMA
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4316
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The white ceramic skull has a black fish wrapped to hold a candle. The black fish has a long snout with white marks that may indicate a swordfish. It has a light green flower shape on the cheek and red and white details. There is an orange swordfish with blue and yellow stripes and black detail, a dark green swordfish with red and white spots and white "x's," and a pink fish with a white diamond with red spots and small black marks. There is a light blue fish with red and white spots and a small yellow fish with black detail.