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Standing Male Figure

200 BCE - 500 CE
9 3/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (23.8 x 12.1 x 3.5 cm)

Unknown, Colima
Mexican

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay
Credit Line: R.T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1954.40.2
Location: Currently on view
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The ancient people of West Mexico focused upon the powerful bonds of familial relationships in their ceramics. Treating death not as an end of existence, but as a next stage in a larger journey, these transitional objects were made in the physical world for travel with the dead to the Underworld. Perhaps such figural ceramic groups were made to accompany the deceased into the afterlife as an extension of earthly comforts. Another, more symbolic and less personal approach interprets the ceramic groups as embodiments of agriculture, abundance or lineage.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1954

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