Urn Figure

c. 200–500 CE (thermoluminescence date, 60 BCE–390 CE
Overall: 26.1 x 16.3 x 16.3 cm (10 1/4 x 6 7/16 x 6 7/16 in.)
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The figure projecting from the front of a cylindrical container wears a mouth mask perhaps shaped as a serpent’s fanged upper jaw. It probably served in a tomb as a companion to a larger, more complex figural urn. Though termed "urns," these ceramics do not contain the cremated ashes of the dead but usually are found empty.
Urn Figure

Urn Figure

c. 200–500 CE (thermoluminescence date, 60 BCE–390 CE

Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec

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