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push toy with skeleton hanging laundry
  • Mexico
  • push toy with skeleton hanging laundry, 1986–1996
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • wood, paint, wire, string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 15 x 40.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 5 7/8 x 15 15/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Gift of the Friends of the KUMA
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4372

The push toy has a wooden frame that has a short base with one wooden wheel, a long handle, and a vertical element to the scene. The top of the vertical element has small pieces sticking out, each of which has a small wooden garment held on with string: a green pair of trousers, a red shirt, a yellow skirt with red stripes and a white shoe with black detail. The skeleton has black hair, and she is wearing a blue shawl with a white stripe and a yellow skirt with green detail. Her shoulders, hips and knees are articulated. There is a small piece of wood between her elbows keeping her in place on the vertical element. A wire attaches from the orange wheel to her right hand, allowing her to jump when the toy is pushed.