Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Catrina figure
  • Mexico
  • Catrina figure, 1998
  • Where object was made: Chiapas, Mexico
  • ceramic, glazing, metal
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 66.5 x 20.5 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 3/16 x 8 1/16 x 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of Lee Mann
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, W7
  • 2007.1506.a,b
Label Text

The female skeleton figure wears a long black dress with three large yellow flowers, green leaves, and a blue neckline. There are blue flowers at both ears and on top of the wide brimmed hat. There are two large white clay feathers on the hat, which also has a black ruffle on the rim.

The head (2007.1506.a) and body (2007.1506.b) are separate pieces but the head has a nail that fits into the neck to hold it in place.