Statue Fragment (Stone Head) Artist: Unknown

A.D. 750–1000

Art of the Ancient Americas

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.

Medium

Andesite

Dimensions

6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm)

Credit Line

Bruce B. Dayton, B.A. 1940, Fund

Accession Number

1958.76

Geography
Period

Middle Horizon

Classification
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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 records is ongoing.

Bibliography
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 322, ill
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Object/Work type

fragments, human figures (visual works)

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