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Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Woman lying on four-legged slab

100 B.C.–A.D. 300

Ceramic

6.4 × 7.4 × 14 cm (2 1/2 × 2 15/16 × 5 1/2 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
1973.88.31b
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Mexico, Nayarit
Period: 
Protoclassic Period
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Ex-Collection: Fred Olsen
Reciept from Andre Emmerich, December 15, 1956:

Person lying in a basket-shaped "bed"
Archaic period, as noted above
sand-colored clay: 3 1/2 inches long
Catalog Number TA-86

These clay figurines are all tomb figures:
their exact significance, particularly in the case of the woman reclining on a couch, and of the figure bound in a "bed" remain subject to speculation.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 78.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 179, no. 401.

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.