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seated woman with bowl
  • Brazil
  • seated woman with bowl, early 1940s
  • Where object was made: Santarém, Brazil
  • cloth, cardboard, seeds, pigment, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 x 17.5 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 6 7/8 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Barbara Pirtle
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4902

The seated woman is on a cardboard base. She is made from light colored cloth with brown cloth for hair. The hair is covered with an off-white kerchief. She is wearing a purple dress with white circles, with pink and purple detail inside with a white apron over the dress. Her hands are in a brown bowl filled with brown seeds (possibly açai berries), which stain her hands, eyes, nose and the ties of her kerchief.