Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Standing Male Figure

100 B.C.–A.D. 250

Ceramic with pigment

60.96 x 28.58 x 13.97 cm (24 x 11 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
1973.88.28.b
Culture: 
Mexico, NayaritIxtlán del Río Style
Period: 
Early Classic Period
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Ex-Collection: Fred Olsen
Carlebach Gallery , October 1, 1955 reciept:
Pair of Archaic Mexican figures, male and female, with under-developed arms, wearing ear plugs and nose ornaments, with cleanly painted well-preserved textile designs, showing that the man was wearing a "pancho" (sic) and also a sort of pants-like garment. The female is waring just a sarong around the lower portion, and a large painted handbag on the left side with shoulder strap.
In pencil in margin: man 23"
woman 23"

Bibliography: 

Salvador Toscano and Federico Canessi, Arte Precolombino del Occidente de Mexico (Mexico City: Dirección General de Educación Extra-Escolar y Estética, 1946).

Hasso Von Winning and Olga Hammer, Ancecdotal Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles, 1972).

Peter T. Furst, West Mexican Art: Secular or Sacred? The Iconography of Middle American Sculpture (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973).

“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 78, ill.

Betty Bell, ed., The Archaeology of West Mexico (Ajijic, Mexico: West Mexican Society for Advanced Study, 1974).

Jacki Gallagher, Companions of the Dead: Tomb Sculpture from Ancient West Mexico, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 1983).

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 173–74, 342, no. 387, fig. 221.

Michael Kan, Clement W. Meighan, and Henry B. Nicholson, Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico: Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, 2, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989).

Helen Pollard, “Recent Research in West Mexican Archaeology,” Journal of Archeological Research 5 (1997).

Richard F. Townsend, ed., Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past, exh. cat. (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998).

Mary E. Miller, The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec, 5th ed. (London: Thames and Hudson, 2012), 67, fig. 53.

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.