Standing Female Figure (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

300 BC–AD 200
Mexican, Nayarit
terracotta with polychrome pigments
Overall: 18 1/4 × 11 1/2 × 6 1/4 in. (46.355 × 29.21 × 15.875 cm)
This female figure holding an offertory vessel displays a well-preserved example of the kiltlike skirt worn by many Pre-Columbian women. The woven textile patterns are easily discernible on the skirt’s surface. Such designs may have been used to identify the woman’s group or clan affiliation, perhaps those of her birth or those into which she may marry. Likewise, the nose and ear plugs adorning her body probably show her clan affiliation or her rank in society.
Late Formative
Gift of Freeman F. Gosden
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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