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table runner
  • Guatemala
  • table runner, late 1800s–2000
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width: 74 x 38 cm
    Object Length/Width: 29 1/8 x 14 15/16 in
  • Gift of William and Shirley Griffith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6755.01

The rectangle of unbleached cotton cloth has a thin red band near the edge. It has a scene at either end and on either side. The scene at one end shows a figure wearing a straw hat, a long sleeved red top, a dark blue skirt over short light blue, red, and yellow trousers. The figure has a loop of rope in the proper right hand with the loose end attached to a goat. The scene at the opposite end has a figure in the same attire with two short ropes, each attached to a pig. His proper right hand is raised with a stick. The scene on one side has three seated figures, with the backs visible. Each has a long black braid down the back, and a cloth on the head in black, yellow, and red designs. Each wears a dark blue bottom with thin red stripes. The top is white or light brown with a red yoke. The figures each have a basket of fruit in front of them. The scene on the opposite side has two seated women, each with a light blue and red cloth on their head. Each wears a white shirt with red flowers on the yoke, and a light blue skirt. A basket of green fruit sits in front of them, and a cluster of bananas, and a basket topped with red cloth to one side.