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mermaid skeleton playing a drum
  • Mexico
  • mermaid skeleton playing a drum, 1986–1996
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 14.5 x 7 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 11/16 x 2 3/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of the Friends of the KUMA
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4351

The hybrid creature has a canine head and human skeleton torso, with a fish tail. The head is black with yellow ears and eyes and green detail. White teeth are all visible. The torso is white with black detail on the ridges. There is a small stick through each hand. The fish portion is black with light purple scales, each with a yellow dot. The fins at the end are black with white lines. There is a round drum attached near the waist. The drum heads are light purple and the sides are dark green with a yellow zigzag with white dots and black chevrons on either side.