Overall: 25.2 x 28.4 x 10 cm (9 15/16 x 11 3/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2014.390
This lovely female’s body is a flat plaque supported by a tripod at the rear.
Ancient Veracruz artists used ceramic to create figural sculptures in a range of sizes, styles, and types. This beautiful, finely wrought female figure is an exceptional example. Although her identity is unknown, her adornments signal high status: ear ornaments, a large necklace, an elaborate dress that drapes over her outstretched arms, and perhaps even her front teeth, filed into a T shape, may have symbolic importance. The unfinished back, with a tripod support, suggests that the figure was meant to be seen from the front.
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