University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-60-93
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Guatemala
Department of Alta Verapaz
San Pedro Carcha
Culture Area: Central America
Section:American
Materials:Clay
Fiber
Iconography:Women
Weaver
Credit Line:Guatemalan Expedition, Robert Burkitt, 1929
Other Number250-A - Field No SF

Description

Dolls dressed in typical costume. On one end is an orange calabash tree. In a corner next to the tree one of the women is beating raw cotton on a cushion -- usually a net or bag stuffed with corn husks and covered with deer skin, Cotton seeds have been removed. Diagonally opposite is a woman spinning. right hand twirling spindle with point rotating in a calabash bowl. Beaten cotton is on a mat before her. She should have ashes for her finger tips. A Third woman is weaving on a loom attatched to the tree and her waist. [Condensed from Burkitt's description]


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