Geometrically Patterned Female Figure

Geometrically Patterned Female Figure

400-100 BC

Ceramic, slip

Overall: 15.6 x 8 x 5.7 cm (6 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.155

Location

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This figure was formed in two halves that were hollowed out and joined at the hips.

Description

Artists of the Chupícuaro culture, based to the north of modern-day Mexico City, may be best known for hollow ceramic figurines like this one. Always female and often apparently pregnant, such figurines commonly are painted with stepped geometric motifs in vibrant, highly burnished slips (creamy mixtures of water and crushed minerals). The meanings of the motifs and the figurines themselves are poorly understood.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Ceramic, slip

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