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Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Statue Fragment (Stone Head)

A.D. 750–1000

Andesite

16.7 cm (6 9/16 in.)
Bruce B. Dayton, B.A. 1940, Fund
1958.76
This small sculpture, which is iconographically and stylistically similar to the enormous freestanding monoliths of Tiahuanaco, once had a backward-projecting tenon for insertion into a wall. Similar tenoned heads stud the walls surrounding the sunken courtyards of Tiahuanaco, an impressive ancient city in the highlands of Bolivia near Lake Titicaca.
Geography: 
Bolivia
Culture: 
Bolivia, Tiwanaku Culture
Period: 
Middle Horizon
Classification: 
Sculpture
Bibliography: 

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 322, ill.

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