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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.

Date:

A.D. 700/900

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 136

Department

Arts of the Americas

Culture

Veracruz, Classic

Title

Figure of a Woman in Ceremonial Dress

Origin

Southern Veracruz

Date

700 CE–900 CE

Medium

Ceramic

Dimensions

H. 35.6 cm (14 in.)

Credit Line

Harold L. Stuart Fund

Reference Number

1989.5

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