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mermaid figure
  • Juanita Inez Ortiz
    1960–2008, active 1984–2008
    active: United States
  • mermaid figure, circa 1995–2000
  • Where object was made: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 7.5 x 7 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 2 15/16 x 2 3/4 x 6 5/16 in
  • Gift of Ellie LeCompte
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0215

Ceramic figure depicting a mermaid that is lying down on its stomach, with its torso and fins raised upward. The back of the figure is shaped like a fishtail with scales painted in black, and the end is split into two fins. The front of the figure is shaped like a human and has its head held in one hand, wears a red top, and has long black hair with red flowers painted on it.