Playing With Death

By Jesús Aguado

At La Esquina, the museum of the popular Mexican toy, a group of artisans has turned death into a toy and an ornamental object.

The exhibit Playing with Death will be open from October 20 until November 20. It is made up of 27 toys of cardboard, brass, wood, and clay. Among the colored toys, there is a tzompantli (altar constructed by pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico, with the base decorated with skulls of stone and with sticks to screw on the heads of those sacrificed). It is a lottery game of approximately five square meters. The toy, which looks more like a sculpture, has a skull containing lottery images in the orbital cavity.

In this exhibit, there are also a couple of appealing skeletons that people can play with, moving their hands, their feet, even their skulls, and take photos however they choose. There are also skeletons made of brass and cans pushing some carts like those of sweet potato or tamale vendors. And there are dead people pedaling bicycles and witches riding their brooms. Here, the death is a toy for the living.

The museum is located on the corner of Núñez and San Francisco. It is open from Tue–Sat from 10am–5:30pm and Sundays from 11am–4pm. Adults 30 pesos; students, elderly, and professors with a valid ID, 20 pesos.



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