Male Captive Artist: Unknown

A.D. 600–900

Art of the Ancient Americas

On view, 1st floor, Art of the Ancient Americas

Dignified even in captivity, this standing man awaits his death. He wears the torn cloth strips of sacrificial victims through his ears, and fragments remain of the rope that once bound his neck. Beads of blood or scarification mark his face on his left temple and take the form of the Jester God, a symbol of rulership. This terracotta representation probably commemorates the captive's death and may have been a trophy for the tomb of his victorious captor.


Ceramic with pigment


24.8 × 10.16 cm (9 3/4 × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with a bequest from Joan B. Rapp, B.L.S. 1991

Accession Number



Late Classic Period


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ex collection Joan Rapp, acquired by her in the 1960s
  • "Acquisitions," (accessed 2012).
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Object/Work type

funerary art, human figures (visual works), sculptures


men standing

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