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.
- Veracruz, Classic
- Figure of a Woman in Ceremonial Dress
- Southern Veracruz (Object made in)
- 700 CE–900 CE
- H. 35.6 cm (14 in.)
- Harold L. Stuart Fund