300 BC–AD 300
Ceramic and pigment
Overall: 7.2 x 4.4 cm (2 13/16 x 1 3/4 in.)
Gift of Clara Taplin Rankin 2008.19
Clay figurines were the earliest and most common art form in the ancient Mesoamerican culture region.
Clay figurines were the earliest and most common art form in Mexico and other countries in the ancient Mesoamerican (Middle American) culture region. Made first by hand and later with molds, most figurines belong to the traditions of commoners, such as farmers, rather than those of elites.
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