600 BC-AD 250
Overall: 7.5 x 3.8 x 2.1 cm (2 15/16 x 1 1/2 x 13/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.143
Small, solid, hand-modeled figurines were a staple of the early Mesoamerican artistic repertoire.
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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