- Museum number
Figurine, made of papier mâché, in the form of "La Catrina" (female skeleton dandy); skeleton painted white with black bone markings; wide-brimmed hat with scalloped edges painted black outside with white cross-hatching around brim, grey inside with black border; two papier mâché feathers protrude from hat, painted yellow with blue markings; tissue paper flowers (yellow, orange, red, pink and beige) glued to top of hat between feathers; red papier mâché bows attached to either side of head; papier mâché feather boa wrapped in tissue paper with ends painted yellow around neck; white papier mâché dress with black markings; white tissue paper ruffle at neck of dress; papier mâché parasol in left hand, handle and point painted black, umbrella painted brown with white stripes. Used in Day of the Dead Festival.
- Production date
Height: 114 centimetres
Width: 55 centimetres
Depth: 32 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- La Catrina appears in the most popular of José Guadalupe Posada's many engravings. She is widely associated with the Mexican Day of the Dead. Her image appears frequently in the work of artists and craftworkers.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991, London, Museum of Mankind, 'The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead'
"Museum of the Mind" exhibition.
- Parasol broken off of left hand.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Day of the Dead
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1986 Am6 404