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