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.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Veracruz, Classic

Title

Figure of a Woman in Ceremonial Dress

Origin

Southern Veracruz

Date

700 AD–900 AD

Medium

Ceramic

Dimensions

H. 35.6 cm (14 in.)

Credit Line

Harold L. Stuart Fund

Reference Number

1989.5

Extended information about this artwork

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