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painting on bark cloth
  • Mexico
  • painting on bark cloth, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • bark cloth, paint
  • Object Height/Width: 45 x 31.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 17 11/16 x 12 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6900

The small rectangle of bark cloth depicts two birds with flowers. The bird on top has a bright orange body, blue wings, and very long tail feathers in blue, light purple, and bright yellow-green. There are also peacock-like feathers with a large teardrop shape at the end in bright pink and green, bright pink and orange, bright yellow-green and orange, or yellow and purple. The bird on the bottom has a yellow body with light purple wings and brightly colored tail feathers in bright pink, bright yellow-green, bright orange, and dark blue. The birds are surrounded with bright orange flowers with large blue centers. The foliage is green with white detail. The additional small plants are green and blue, green and yellow, and bright orange and light purple. There is a wavy light purple line at the bottom.