Female Figurine

Female Figurine

300-600

Pottery with black pigment

Overall: 10.6 x 0.5 x 1.9 cm (4 3/16 x 3/16 x 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.159

Fun Fact

Figurines may have been substitutes for sacrificial offerings or to commune with dead ancestors.

Description

Clay was a major medium in ancient Veracruz, located on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, and artists used it to create huge quantities of sculpture ranging from small whistles and figurines like this one to impressive, life-size figural effigies. Meanings are often obscure, but small objects were important enough to have been deposited in tombs and buried offerings.

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