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Seated Hunchback Female Figure

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

Greater Nicoya artist
Costa Rica

Greater Nicoya Culture Zone; made in Costa Rica

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. Henry Buxbaum (1900-1979), Canandaigua, NY; purchased from him by the Gallery in 1969

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