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Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Standing Female Figurine

A.D. 500–900


22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen
This figurine depicts a woman. She wears a skirt a quechquemitl, the rounded upper-body garment of women. A mask covers the lower half of her face. Her identity can be interpreted in two ways: if borne aloft on a litter, she is a woman of prominence; if bound to scaffolding, she awaits sacrifice.
Mexico, Remojadas, Gulf Coast
Late Classic Period

Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1958 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


George A. Kubler, The Art and Architecture of Ancient America, 2nd ed. (Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1975), pl. 56a.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 69, 234, no. 106, fig. 56.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 315, ill.

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