Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Mexico
  • basket, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mexico?
  • plant fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 15 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 7/8 x 11 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4822

The cylindrical basket has a light natural colored bottom and a red field on the sides. The decorations include: a person's head in profile, with green, pink and white hair, a green horse with a brown rider, a female figure wearing a green dress with three white triangles at the waist, possibly a plant with three green stems and three oblong leaves or flowers each with a contrasting rectangle (dark green and red, green with light natural rectangle, light natural with a green rectangle), a human figure with green skin, lighter green hat and shirt and brown trousers, a light natural four-legged animal, possibly with green horns, a female figure with a pink and green skirt, and a green bird with wings spread (possibly the Mexican emblem of an eagle with a yellow snake in its mouth on a green cactus).