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crank toy depicting a bullfight with skeletons and moving parts
  • Mexico
  • crank toy depicting a bullfight with skeletons and moving parts, 1986–1996
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, paint, metal, cotton, paper
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 17.5 x 21 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 7/8 x 8 1/4 x 13 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of the Friends of the KUMA
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4328

The rectangular wooden base has a black and white bull with red horns with an articulated neck standing in the center. The standing figures in two corners represent the crowd. One wears yellow and green, the other wears red and yellow, and both have cotton hair. There are four bullfighters. Each wears a blue suit with red and yellow detail and a black hat with cotton hair. The figure in front of the bull has a wooden spike in each hand. The remaining three bullfighters have a faded red paper cape in one hand. The figure to the bull's left has his cape in the left hand. The others hold theirs in the right hand. Each of the figures has yellow string to the shoulders. The field is green and the base has red sides and a metal crank.