kite

Kite made of fabric on a wood frame in the shape of a butterfly with tails at the back of the rear wings. Cloud motifs and two green and black striped fruits, possibly watermelons, with prominent calyxes painted on each of the four wings, with other motifs including bats and gourds. Front wings edged with scallop shapes. Raised abdomen and thorax section, combined with flat head section that is decorated with a bat motif and has two revolving eyes. Inserted at front is an element representing two antennae, made of two lengths of bent wood bound together and with paper-covered teardrop-shaped finials.

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