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figure with backpack
  • Guatemala
  • figure with backpack, late 1800s–1953
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • wood, paper, wire, cotton, plant fiber, string, metal, ceramic, paint, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 x 5.5 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of William and Shirley Griffith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6361

The standing male figure has a large backpack. He has a cotton head with embroidered features and a mustache. He has a red headwrap and a pink sash. He is wearing a yellow short sleeved shirt, a yellow and green apron, and green trousers. The proper right arm is bent and held in a sling. The pack is rectangular with a plant fiber roll on top and a broom on one side. There is a red cloth, a small coil of rope, a small brown bundle, and two ceramic pails (one red and one light blue). He is standing on a square wooden base.