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Figure of a Woman in Ceremonial Dress

A work made of ceramic.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ceramic.




Possibly Totonac, Nopiloa
Veracruz, south-central Gulf Coast, Mexico

About this artwork

In the afterlife, it was the role of deceased noble ancestors to communicate with the deified forces of nature on behalf of their people. Presented as offerings at ancestral shrines, mold-made figures of this kind were sometimes reshaped while the clay was still moist to give them more individualized facial features.


On View, Gallery 136


Arts of the Americas


Veracruz, Classic


Figure of a Woman in Ceremonial Dress


Southern Veracruz (Object made in)

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700 CE–900 CE




H.: 35.6 cm (14 in.)

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Harold L. Stuart Fund

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