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Seated Hunchback Female Figure

500-800 CE
4 5/8 x 3 15/16 x 3 7/16 in. (11.8 x 10 x 8.7 cm)

Unknown, Greater Nicoya
Costa Rican

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay, pigments
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1969.99
Location: Currently on view
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Made in great multitudes and providing a wealth of detail, small ceramic figures like this one illustrate the prevailing hair, clothing, body piercing and tattooing styles of the day. This female figure, with her hands placed on either side of her belly, draws attention to her ability to bear children. Figures with hunchbacks are common subjects in many Ancient American societies and are often depict individuals with shamanic powers.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Buxbaum, Canandaigua, NY; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1969

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