religious/ritual equipment / candlestick
Candlestick; mould-made from pottery; rectangular base painted yellow with red border; figurine of woman holding fan up to face with left hand, wearing elaborate dress, dress painted green with red, burgundy and blue stripes at bottom, burgundy tassels, black shoes and hair, pink skin, yellow fan with silver glitter; tube behind woman to hold candle, painted yellow with red border. Used in Day of the Dead Festival.
- Made in: Huaquechula
- (Americas,North America,Mexico,Puebla (state),Huaquechula)
- Height: 7.5 centimetres
- Width: 7.5 centimetres
- Depth: 8.5 centimetres
On 31 October, there is a huge market set up in the main square of Huaquechula where ceramic items are sold for people's home ofrendas, together with sugar figures, flowers, food and other goods for the Day of the Dead Festival. Pottery makers that make these candlesticks don't make anything else the rest of the year; they only make these items at this special time of year. Carmichael, Elizabeth and Sayer, Chloe. The Skeleton at the Feast, The Day of the Dead in Mexico. London: British Museum Press, 1991 pp. 89-100 features interviews with altar makers from Huaquechula.
Not on display
1991, London, Museum of Mankind, 'The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead'
- Used at: Day of the Dead
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ESA78122
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