Standing Female Figurine

Standing Female Figurine

1200-400 BC

Ceramic, pigment

Overall: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Gift of John Wise 1952.455



Prior to the Olmec, clay figurines, mainly nude females, were the most common art of Mesoamerica. The meanings of these small, intimate works are not known, but they are found both in burials and trash, suggesting varied uses. These two figurines are in the Tlatilco style of central Mexico; they represent the artistic context in which the Olmec style developed.

See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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Gift of John Wise

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