Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Figure of a Standing Man


Volcanic rock

29.5 cm (11 5/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen
This is a typical figure from the Atlantic Watershed. It has a stylized horizontal face with semicircular ears, a deep brow, a broad nose, and parallel lips. The horseshoe-shaped object the figure holds is quite rare. The figure may be a sacrificial victim, his eyes closed in death.
Costa Rica
Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed, Guapiles

Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1959 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 321, ill.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 194, 367, no. 427, fig. 252.

Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, 26, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1960), 44.

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