Feb 16, 2011
Feb 16, 2011

Pair of Standing Figures

Pair of Standing Figures

c. 100 BC-AD 300

Part of a set. See all set records

Earthenware with colored slips

Overall: 52 x 32.5 x 19.5 cm (20 1/2 x 12 13/16 x 7 11/16 in.); Part 2: 48 x 30.8 x 16 cm (18 7/8 x 12 1/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.266



Nagarit ceramic sculputres, like those of Colima, were manufactured for burial with the dead. The popular male-female couples may be portraits of the individuals with whom they were buried. This female figure, dressed in a colorful skirt and hat, has painted or tattooed patterns on her torso and face. Jewelry adorns her face, ears, and nose. The vessel on her shoulder symbolizes her domestic duties. Like his female companion, this male figure is portrayed in all his finery. He carries spears, indicating that he is a hunter or warrior, and his confident grin conveys aggression and vitality.

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