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Standing Female Figure

200 BCE-600 CE
19 in. (48.3 cm)

Unknown, Nayarit
Mexican

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay, pigment
Credit Line: R.T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1954.41
Location: Currently on view
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Beads, armbands, pendants, and ear and nose ornaments have been found on skeletal remains in Ancient American tombs. This Nayarit woman is depicted with nose, neck and ear ornaments and scarification (cutting or branding designs into the skin) on her shoulders and arms. The specificity of adornment would have associated this figure with a particular culture and class. These details contrast with an abstracted body that minimizes certain physical features while emphasizing others. The small, truncated arms are likely a stylistic convention; the wide, heavy hips and legs emphasize the woman’s connection with the earth and reproduction.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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

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