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Artist: Unknown

Standing Male Figure

A.D. 200–500

Manatee bone with pigment

12.4 × 5.7 × 2.8 cm (4 7/8 × 2 1/4 × 1 1/8 in.)
Gift of Thomas T. Solley, B.A. 1950
2002.15.8
Geography: 
Mexico
or geography Belize
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Belize or Mexico, Maya
Period: 
Early Classic Period
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

With Merrin Gallery, New York, 1985; Thomas T. Solley (1924–2006), Bloomington, Ind., by 2002; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2002

Bibliography: 

Mary E. Miller et al., Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea, eds. Daniel Finamore and Stephen D. Houston, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Peabody Essex Museum, 2010), 28, fig. 2.

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 192, 385, pl. 178, ill.

Megan O’Neil, “Bone into Body, Manatee into Man,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2002): 92–97, fig. 1–2.

“Acquisitions 2002,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2003): 131.

David M. Pendergast, Excavations at Altun Ha, Belize, 1964–70 (Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1982), vol. 1.

Paul Healy, “Archaeological Research in Belize,” Mexicon 2, no. 1 (1980).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.