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Warrior Figure

300-900
22 in. (55.9 cm)

Unknown, Remojadas
Mexican

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay, pigments
Credit Line: General Acquisitions Fund
Accession Number: 1979.16
Location: Currently on view
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This large ceramic figure’s intact survival for over a thousand years was likely due to its burial in a tomb. The figure wields a vicious-looking mace and wears black body paint common among warriors in ancient Veracruz. The appearance of its back suggests it wasn’t made to be seen from all sides, yet its size and complexity indicate it was an important object. As with many of the objects from the Ancient Americas, it remains unknown whether the figure served a purpose among the living prior to burial, and what exactly its expected role was once placed in the tomb.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Arte Primitivo, Inc., New York (dealer); purchased from them by the Gallery in 1979

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