The six-pointed star is a traditional Mexican form that the maker of this piñata knew from her childhood. It likely represents the Star of Bethlehem and was commonly seen during posadas , the Christmas celebration of Joseph and Mary searching for a place to stay. Growing up in Mexico , Llamas observed her mother and aunt making piñatas but did not take up the craft until she had children of her own. She made many traditional piñatas for Mexican celebrations of birthdays and Christmas. While living in America, Llamas created piñatas for wider audiences and depicted figures from American popular culture.
Milwaukee children at play with a piñata, 1970
WHS Image ID 6982