Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Guatemala
  • placemat, late 1800s–2000
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • cotton, weaving, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width: 43 x 29.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 15/16 x 11 5/8 in
  • Gift of William and Shirley Griffith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6755.02

The small rectangle of unbleached cotton has a thin red band around the perimeter. The upper facing left corner has a woman facing 3/4 to the left with a pot on her head, stabilized with her left hand. She has long black hair in braids with red and blue ribbons threaded through. She is wearing a yellow, black, pink, and blue striped blouse and a blue and green vertical striped skirt with black and white near the bottom and yellow/red stripe around the bottom.