Seated Figurine

Seated Figurine

400-100 BC

Ceramic, pigments

Overall: 7.6 x 3 cm (3 x 1 3/16 in.)

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen 1951.104


Clay figurines, mainly nude females, were the most common art of early villages throughout Mesoamerica. The meanings of these sweet, small, intimate works are not known, but they are found both in human burials and in household rubbish, suggesting varied uses. Such figurines are the primary artistic context in which Mesoamerica's first great art style, the Olmec, developed.

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