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9: Recreational Artifacts
Art, Basque
Juanita "Jay" Uberuaga Hormaechea Collection
This object was accessioned improperly when received, so the number was changed from 89.6.5/6 (or 3YI) to 1989.004.005.
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Juanita "Jay" Uberuaga Hormaechea
Bilbao, Amua Hormaechea, Juanita "Jay" Uberuaga
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Juanita "Jay" Uberuaga Hormaechea
doll making cloth dolls human figure in art handicraft food dinners and dining
Two male dolls attached to a long, narrow, wooden bench. The two dolls have a meal of paella between them, a dish made of rice, chicken, saffron, and often seafood. Paella originated in Valencia and has variations on the recipe between the provinces of Spain. It is cooked in a paellera, a flat round pan, traditionally outdoors over a wood fire. There are two metal utensils sticking out of the paella, made from multiple layers of paint in a round metal miniature paellera. The male dolls are straddling the bench, facing each other. One is drinking from a bota bag (a leather sack for carrying and drinking wine) and the other is cutting through a loaf of bread. The doll drinking from the bota bag is wearing a black cotton txapela (hat). The bota bag is made from painted canvas, thread, and paper. His shirt is a long sleeved, collared light blue cotton shirt with white pin stripes. A long piece of black fabric is draped over his right shoulder. His gerriko (sash) is either black or dark gray. He is also wearing dark gray cotton pants mottled with white and abarkak (leather shoes) with black laces and off-white cotton jersey (?) socks. There is a stream of wine, represented by a small piece of painted wire, coming from the bota bag and into the doll's open (smiling) mouth. His gray hair is painted onto the painted canvas head. The face is shaped in such a way to include distinct facial features (parts that come out from the head) such as the nose, chin, and ears. The eyes are painted gray and the ears are cut from paper, painted, and attached to the sides of the head. In general, this doll appears to be jolly and overweight. The doll cutting the loaf of bread is much slimmer than the other doll. He also wears a black cotton txapela and has gray painted hair. His long sleeved collared cotton shirt is blue and white plaid. His gerriko is also either dark gray or black. His cotton pants are dark blue. He wears abarkak with black laces and off-white cotton socks. He is holding a knife made with a metal blade and black string wrapped around one end to represent a handle. The bread is painted and made from an unknown material. His head is constructed in the same way as the other doll. There is a hint of a white handkerchief visible in the right pocket of his pants. Both dolls are stuffed with an unknown material and feel quite firm. The dark brown stained wooden (balsa wood?) bench held together with finish nails and glue, has "Hormaechea" written on the bottom of it in black ink from a ballpoint pen. The doll with the bota bag has "Amua" written in black ink on the bottom of his right shoe.