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Art of the Ancient Americas
Maker: Unknown

Female Figure with Moveable Limbs

A.D. 600–900


34.9 cm (13 3/4 in.) other (at headdress): 13 cm(5 1/8 in.) other (at hips): 14.2 cm(5 9/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen
Made in Mexico
Not on view
Mexico, Campeche, possibly Jaina, Maya
Late Classic Period

From reciept of Andre Emmerich, April 2, 1956:
Warrior, with articulated arms and Legs
Maya: Late Empire, roughly 1000 AD
Mold-formed clay: 13 inches high
Note traces of the original blue and yellow polychrome, in the area of the elaborate belt.
Found on the Island of Jaina, off the Yucatan-Campeche peninsula.
This is one of the extremely rare so-called articulated figures that have been found intact owith their original limbs. To the best of my knowledge, only two such figures have been found, of which this the the larger one.
A photograph of this figure and of the other, slightly smaller figure was given to Miguel Covarrbias at his request, for possible reproduction in his forthcoming book, the second volume of The Eagle, the Jaguar and the Serpent.
cat. No: M-2


George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 142, 300, no. 310, fig. 155.

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