Apr 26, 2011
Apr 26, 2011

Female Figurine

Female Figurine

c. 400–100 BC

Earthenware with pigment

Overall: 5.6 x 2.7 x 0.9 cm (2 3/16 x 1 1/16 x 3/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.139

Location

Did you know?

This figurine is small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of a hand.

Description

Small, solid, hand-modeled figurines were a staple of the early Mesoamerican artistic repertoire. Made in distinctive styles corresponding to geographic regions, they likely were used in a variety of contexts, including rites to assure health, fertility, and prosperity. This example is from the Chupícuaro region, north of modern-day Mexico City.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.