Art of the Ancient Americas
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Artist: Unknown

Cigar Smoker

100 B.C.–A.D. 300

Ceramic, with resist painting

27.94 × 11.8 × 18.5 cm (11 × 4 5/8 × 7 5/16 in.)
Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection
Glorious swirls of body paint suggest tobacco smoke on this figure, who puffs on a cigar. His obese body is abstracted into simple rounded forms. Focused on his smoking, he settles into a state of calm.
Mexico, Colima
Protoclassic Period

R. Tripp Evans, “Navigating the Afterlife: Two Shaft Tomb Figures from Ancient West Mexico,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1995–96): 32, fig. 4.

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 183, ill.

Peter T. Furst, West Mexican Art: Secular or Sacred? The Iconography of Middle American Sculpture (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973), 98–133.

Salvador Toscano and Federico Canessi, Arte Precolombino del Occidente de Mexico (Mexico City: Dirección General de Educación Extra-Escolar y Estética, 1946).

Betty Bell, ed., The Archaeology of West Mexico (Ajijic, Mexico: West Mexican Society for Advanced Study, 1974).

Isabel Kelly, “Seven Colima Tombs: An Interpretation of Ceramic Content,” Studies in Ancient Mesoamerica 3 (1978): 1–26.

Jacki Gallagher, Companions of the Dead: Tomb Sculpture from Ancient West Mexico, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 1983).

Michael Kan, Clement W. Meighan, and Henry B. Nicholson, Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico: Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, 2, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989).

Helen Pollard, “Recent Research in West Mexican Archaeology,” Journal of Archeological Research 5 (1997).

Richard F. Townsend, ed., Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past, exh. cat. (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1998).

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