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Seated Figure with Arms Raised to Head

Arts of the Americas

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Ceramic, white-slipped, red pigment
  • Place Made: Xochipala, Mexico
  • DATES 1200-300 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Early Formative Period
    DIMENSIONS 12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.5 x 21.6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Olmec. Seated Figure with Arms Raised to Head, 1200-300 B.C.E. Ceramic, white-slipped, red pigment, 12 x 8 1/2 in. (30.5 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund, 75.40. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, CUR.75.40_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Chubby figure seated with legs tucked under the body and arms raised with hands touching head. Traces of cinnabar found all over figure. The figure wears a helmet-like headdress with a chevron band running down the center, and there are two raised rectangular relief decorations on the figure's back. There are circular openings (losses?) under the figure, each arm, stomach, and at the back of the head. Condition: Good; U.V. light reveals repairs to the stomach, right shoulder, left leg, left arm, pelvic area and back, and the back of head.
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    Seated Figure with Arms Raised to Head