Figure of a Man Holding a Dog and Ball Artist: Unknown

100 B.C.–A.D. 250

Art of the Ancient Americas

The male figure of this couple (see 1958.15.17.a) may have been ritually decapitated in antiquity, at the time that he was placed in the shaft tomb chamber. The figure, now with his head restored, was perhaps a surrogate sacrifice intended to placate the spirit of the dead.


Ceramic with red-orange slip and traces of yellow, black, and white pigment


14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)

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Gift of the Olsen Foundation

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Protoclassic Period


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Carlebach Gallery, New York, October 1, 1955; 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, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 182, 345, no. 407, fig. 224.
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funerary art, human figures (visual works), sculpture


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