Emaciated Crouching Figure

Emaciated Crouching Figure

c. 100 BC-AD 300

Earthenware with burnished red slip

Overall: 14 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm (5 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.261



The protruding ribs and staring eyes of this melancholy figure may show the effects of a ritual fast, rather than famine. Fasting purified an individual in preparation for religious rites and may have enhanced the search for supernatural visions.

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