Art of the Ancient Americas
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Artist: Unknown

Standing Woman

100 B.C.–A.D. 350

Ceramic

73.66 x 36.83 x 16.51 cm (29 x 14 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)
Gift of the Olsen Foundation
1958.15.14
The potters of Nayarit, a region of West Mexico, specialized in the production of large, hollow clay figures, often in male-female pairs, perhaps intended to portray married couples. These figures probably served as grave offerings. This figure represents a standing nude woman, her gender made evident by her large, widely set breasts. Her head and torso are disproportionately large, while her legs are short and her arms very slender. In her outstretched right hand, she holds a small bowl containing a ring of small coils around a ball. The artist has paid particular attention to the treatment of the woman’s jewelry—necklace, armbands, earrings, and nose ring—and other body adornments, such as the circular groupings of raised bumps on each shoulder.
Culture: 
Mexico, West Mexico, Nayarit, Ixtlan
Period: 
Late Formative-Early Classic
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
Not on view
Bibliography: 

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 314, ill.

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