Art of the Ancient Americas
Maker: Unknown

Seated Female Figure with Cooking Utensils and a Dog

A.D. 600–900

Ceramic with pigment

19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
A seated noble Maya woman prepares tamales, or steamed maize cakes, while an eager little dog sits at her side. She wears a huipil, or upper body garment, that exposes her breasts, and her hair is bound into a turban similar to those worn by Maya women in Guatemala today.
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Mexico, probably Campeche, Jaina Island, Maya
Late Classic Period

Alfred Stendahl, to 1956; Fred Olsen, New Haven, Conn., to 1973; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 76, ill.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 135, 294, no. 301, fig. 149.

Dorie Reents-Budet, Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classical Period, exh. cat. (Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 1994).

Christopher Corson, Maya Anthropomorphic Figurines from Jaina Island, Campeche (Ramona, Calif.: Ballena Press, 1976), 3, 178–79.

Linda Schele and Mary E. Miller, The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (Fort Worth, Tex.: Kimbell Art Museum, 1986).

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

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