Pair of Figurines Maker: Unknown

Art of the Ancient Americas

These two unusual flattened metal figurines share iconographic and stylistic similarities with the remarkable monoliths of Tiahuanaco. Wearing decorated cap and tunic, each of these standing figures holds zoomorphic staffs in their symmetrically placed hands. Although these pieces are unusual, the large-eyed, broad-nosed faces with zoomorphic designs incised on the cheeks, the linear costume adornments, and the angular, geometric forms are reminiscent of the Tiahuanaco artistic style that spread through parts of Bolivia and southern Peru in the second half of the first millennium A.D.




A: 14.6 × 3.8 cm (5 3/4 × 1 1/2 in.)
B: 14.8 × 4 cm (5 13/16 × 1 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas De Mott, 1942

Accession Number



Middle Horizon or Contemporary


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Object/Work type

figurines, human figures (visual works), mythology



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