- Museum number
Money-box; made of pottery; circular mound for base, painted yellow, decorated with red, white and blue mould-made flowers; mermaid kneels on base, crown green with gold flowers, skin pink, pupils black, eyes white, eyebrows black, teeth white, tongue red, earrings and necklace green flowers, tail green with multicoloured flowers; holds man in left arm, yellow hair, white eyes, blue skin; slot on base and on mermaid's back for inserting money.
- Production date
Height: 36 centimetres
Width: 13.50 centimetres
Depth: 24 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For a long time, there has been a tradition of toy-making in Ocumicho. In the decades following the time this object was collected, toys got larger and more elaborate. See Thompson, Amanda. Cerámica: Mexican Pottery of the 20th Century. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001 p. 126-33 for Ocumicho pottery.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977-1978, London, Horniman Museum
- Right arm, tail fluke and tongue show signs of previous repair.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Objects collected during the 1970s by Chloë Sayer and Marcos Ortiz. They were exhibited in 1977-1978 at the Horniman Museum, and later acquired by the British Museum.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number