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Standing Figure

ca. 400 BCE - 500 CE
17 in. (43.2 cm)

Unknown, La Tolita
Ecuadorian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Earthenware
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1977.194
Location: Currently on view
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This unusual figure simultaneously incorporates the physical qualities of both a grown man and a very young child. Depicting a warrior or a hunter, his right arm is drawn back and appears ready to release a weapon.

The figure was mold-made and probably produced for ritual purposes or burial. It would have been embellished with jewelry in the holes in his ears and nose. Quite often figures such as these would have been adorned with clothing and headdresses befitting the rank of a particular individual.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Cultural Precolumbinas, Bogota, Colombia (dealers); purchased from them by Christopher Zutes, Rochester, NY, 1976; purchased from him by the Gallery in 1977

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