Urn Figure

Urn Figure

c. AD 200–500 (Thermoluminescence date, 60 BC-AD 390)

Earthenware

Overall: 26.1 x 16.3 x 16.3 cm (10 1/4 x 6 7/16 x 6 7/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.277

Description

The figure projecting from the front of a cylindrical container wears a mouth mask perhaps shaped as a serpent’s fanged upper jaw. It probably served in a tomb as a companion to a larger, more complex figural urn. Though termed "urns," these ceramics do not contain the cremated ashes of the dead but usually are found empty.

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

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