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scene with five skeletons and a turtle
  • Apolonia Romaldo Martinez
    active: Mexico
  • scene with five skeletons and a turtle, 1998
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 38 x 19 x 31 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 7 1/2 x 12 3/16 in
  • Gift of Lee Mann
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4369

The ceramic scene has two levels. Each skeleton in the scene is white with red ovals with black outlines for the bone detail. The top level is a turtle-like animal with a brown body and blue and yellow spots. The eyes are black with red/yellow rings around each. The turtle has green legs with white spots. There is one skeleton laying on the top level with two black birds eating intestines from the supine skeleton's abdomen. The seated skeleton to his left has his left arm raised to his left cheek. The seated skeleton to his right has hands together in front of the chest. There is a skull at each front corner of the level. The bottom level has four columns. The front columns are tan with rows of black and white marks and each have one green ceramic leaf with black and white detail. The back columns are brown, each with two green ceramic leaves with black detail. There are two seated skeletons on this level, one behind the other. The front skeleton has red trails from the face which may or may not be intentional. The yellow rectangular base has two black wavy lines along the long sides.