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Storyteller Figure

A work made of ceramic and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.


100–800 CE


Ameca Valley, Jalisco, Mexico

About this artwork

Ceramic figures in energetic poses and with lively expressions were made in the Ameca Valley, Jalisco. Like other West Mexican works of art, they were intended as offerings in tombs. The range of subjects depicted by these sculptures includes gesturing individuals whose hand positions communicated well-established meanings. This sign language has yet to be described and interpreted, but such excited figures may well be recounting legends or myths.


On View, Gallery 136


Arts of the Americas




Storyteller Figure


Jalisco state (Object made in)

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100 CE–800 CE


Ceramic and pigment


55.9 × 55.9 cm (22 × 22 in.)

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Estate of Ruth Falkenau

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