Nayarit / Standing Figure / 1st century - 2nd centuryNayarit
Standing Figure
1st century - 2nd century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mexican
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Nayarit
Title: Standing Figure
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 199
Creation Date: 1st century - 2nd century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: ceramic
Dimensions: H.28 x W.5-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 47.2.30
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund

This sculpture was probably part of a pair depicting a man and a woman. Couples joined in a single work are common in West Mexican art. Male figures carry weapons or musical instruments, and women usually hold ceramic vessels or sometimes children. Both men and women wear elaborate jewelry in these sculptures. This woman has ear spools with radiating tassels, probably made of polished stone or obsidian, and multiple nose rings, possibly made of shell. Her skirt features geometric designs in brown, white, yellow and black paint.

Before burial, such works functioned as architectural sculptures, displayed within and in front of buildings. The walls of these buildings were probably painted with designs and colors similar to those on ths woman's skirt. Her thick legs and large feet with projections at the rear make the sculpture stable enough to stand independently or as part of a group.

AMICA ID: MIA_.47.2.30
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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