Standing Female Figurine Artist: Unknown

A.D. 500–900

Art of the Ancient Americas

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.

Medium

Ceramic

Dimensions

8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen

Accession Number

1958.14.3

Geography
Period

Late Classic Period

Classification
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Provenance

Provenance

Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1958 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
Bibliography
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 315, ill
  • 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
  • Professor George A. Kubler, The Art and Architecture of Ancient America, 2nd ed. (Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1975), pl. 56a
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Additional information

Object/Work type

figurines, human figures (visual works)

Subject

women

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