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bird-shaped pencil holder
  • Highland Mixe peoples
  • bird-shaped pencil holder, 1989
  • Where object was made: Tamazulapan del Progreso, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • ceramic
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 18.5 x 13.5 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 7 1/4 x 5 5/16 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4696

The stylized bird figure has a very large body and five holes in the back. It has small wings and a tail with wavy edges, a straight neck, and roughly carved head. It is undecorated. It is orange with a large black firing cloud on the back and the proper left side.