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cola de pájaro lira (ornament with a peacock tail design)
  • Delfino López Godínez, artist
    active: Mexico
    Timoteo López Godínez, artist
    active: Mexico
  • cola de pájaro lira (ornament with a peacock tail design), 1989
  • Where object was made: San Antonino, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • plant fiber, flowers, cement, palm leaf, string, wood, weaving, dyeing, drying
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 22.5 x 12 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 8 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 in
    Object Height/Diameter: b 6 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: b 2 3/8 x 2 15/16 in
    Object Height/Diameter: c 7 x 10.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: c 2 3/4 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5191.a,b,c

The ornament (2007.5191.a) sits in a cement base (2007.5191.b) within a small basket (2007.5191.c).

The ornament has a palm leaf backing and the front is covered with dried flowers and pieces of dried flowers. There are dark green swirls at the bottom, a bright pink "V" in the middle, and a vertical orange element and dark purple swirls on either side. Each colored area is outlined with small white dried flowers. The design is identified as cola de pajaro lira, the "peacock tail." The wooden rod on the back inserts into cement which is nearly cylindrical and painted pink. The base sits into a small round basket woven from light natural colored plant fibers.