Storyteller Figure

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

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.

Date:

A.D. 100/800

Artist:

Jalisco
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.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Jalisco

Title

Storyteller Figure

Origin

Jalisco state

Date

100 AD–800 AD

Medium

Ceramic and pigment

Dimensions

55.9 × 55.9 cm (22 × 22 in.)

Credit Line

Estate of Ruth Falkenau

Reference Number

1989.83

Extended information about this artwork

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