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horse marionette
  • Guatemala
  • horse marionette, early 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • wood, plant fiber, paint, string, leather, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 21 x 7 x 19 cm strings not included in measurements
    Object Height/Width/Length: 8 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 7 1/2 in strings not included in measurments
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7384

The carved wooden horse has articulated legs and a head. It is white with concentric circles at the hips, shoulders, and the back of neck in red, yellow, and green. There is a red circle with a yellow border on either side of the belly. It has a red saddle and a light natural colored plant fiber tail. The ears are leather with a small tuft of strings between.

The green strings from each leg, back, and head connect to a wooden controller.