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Art of the Ancient Americas
Maker: Unknown

Litter with Bearers

100 B.C.–A.D. 250


16.5 × 14 cm (6 1/2 × 5 1/2 in.)
Gift of the Olsen Foundation
A revered individual is here shown helped along on his journey of death in a palaquin bourne by four men.
West Mexico, Colima
Protoclassic Period

Alfred Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, March 1, 1957; Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1958 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Hasso Von Winning and Olga Hammer, Ancecdotal Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles, 1972), 89, no. 158, ill.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 28, 160, no. 351, color pl. 9.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 313, ill.

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