Figure of a Standing Man Artist: Unknown


Art of the Ancient Americas

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.


Volcanic rock


11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen

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Alfred Stendahl, Los Angeles, CA, March 1, 1957; 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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human figures (visual works)



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