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Model Depicting a Ritual Center

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:

Nayarit
Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit, Mexico

About this artwork

In West Mexico, chiefdoms and statelike societies flourished between A.D. 100 and 800. Advanced agriculture, extensive trade routes, and elaborate religious festivals echoed developments in other regions of ancient Mesoamerica. The distinctive West Mexican sculptures were often included as offerings in tombs that illustrate important themes of life and the afterlife. This model of a circular ceremonial center depicts houselike temples, populated by flute players, a drummer, conch-shell trumpeters, dancers, women with children, and animals. A masked figure—likely the ruler—stands atop the central stepped pyramid.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Culture

Nayarit

Title

Model Depicting a Ritual Center

Origin

Nayarit state

Date

100 CE–800 CE

Medium

Ceramic and pigment

Dimensions

33 × 47 cm (13 × 18 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Ethel and Julian Goldsmith

Reference Number

1989.639

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