Precolumbian

Standing Female Captive

ca. A.D. 600-900

Ceramic with traces of yellow and black pigment

22.8 x 8.3 x 7.1 cm (9 x 3 1/4 x 2 13/16 in.)
Gift of the Olsen Foundation
1958.15.9
Complete nudity is rare in Maya art. Adorned only with a necklace and bracelets, this muscular young woman may be either a noble captive who has been stripped of clothes and headdress or one of the maidens who serve the Maize God.
Culture: 
Mexico, Jaina Island or Campeche, Maya
Period: 
Late Classic
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

Handbook of the Collections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 318, ill.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 166, fig. 163.

Mary Miller et al., Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea, eds. Daniel Finamore and Stephen D. Houston, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Peabody Essex Museum, 2010), 58, no. 11, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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