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miniature scene with skeletons and moving parts
  • Mexico
  • miniature scene with skeletons and moving parts, 1986–1996
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, paint, metal, string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 33.5 x 26 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/16 x 10 1/4 x 6 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of the Friends of the KUMA
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4345

The black rectangular base has two steps on top. It has one skeleton at the top step and two skeletons at the bottom level. The top skeleton is wearing a pointed red hat with a black cross and a blue vest with yellow dots and crosses. The front facing left skeleton is wearing a red hat with a row of green dots and yellow outline. He has a blue sarape over his right shoulder with pink and yellow detail. He holds a bottle labeled "M" in his right hand. The skeleton on the front facing right is wearing a green hat with a row of yellow dots. He has a yellow sarape on his left shoulder with black and red detail. He is holding a scythe or sickle with a red blade in his left hand. The top skeleton is articulated at his shoulders, the bottom two are articulated at the elbows. The black base is decorated with a white four petal flower on each side with wavy white lines and rows of dots.