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Seated Musician Figure with Drum

200 BCE - 500 CE
Precolumbian
6 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/16 in. (16.5 x 11.4 x 7.7 cm)

Unknown, Nayarit
Mexican

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay, pigments
Credit Line: Given in memory of Ruth D. Maurer by James W. Maurer
Accession Number: 1996.16
Location: Currently on view
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The drum depicted in the arms of this musician figure was made from the shell of a turtle. The nose ring, ear ornaments and cross-legged posture are all common characteristics of clay figurines across ancient Mexico.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Austin-Harvard Gallery, Pittsford, NY (dealers); purchased from them by James W. Maurer, Rochester, NY; his gift to the Gallery in 1996

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