Arts of the Americas
These ivory figurines may be high-status versions of the miniature clay examples that have been found in burial contexts throughout the Andean region of South America. The small and delicate male and female carvings are decorated with stone and shell inlays that suggest that they possibly functioned as treasured talismans or ritual offerings.
Estas figurillas de marfil pueden tratarse de versiones de alto rango de los ejemplos de miniaturas de barro que se han encontrado en contextos funerarios a través de la región Andina de Sudamérica. Los pequeños y delicados tallados masculino y femenino están decorados con incrustaciones de piedra y concha, sugiriendo que tuvieron una función como amuletos atesorados o como ofrendas rituales.
Ivory, shell, stone, resin, pigment, turquoise
Early Intermediate Period
3 x 1 1/8 x 3/4 in. (7.6 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm) (show scale)
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Nazca. Figurine, 300-700 C.E. Ivory, shell, stone, resin, pigment, turquoise, 3 x 1 1/8 x 3/4 in. (7.6 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.196. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.224.196.jpg)
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Ivory female figurine, nude with heavy thighs and buttocks. Originally a headdress and locks of hair were represented by inlays, and a bracelet is still inlaid with stone and shell on each arm. Lacks breasts; arms are held at sides, with hands attached to outer thighs. One of a pair. Male companion piece is 86.224.195.
CONDITION: See original Registrar's records (1965) and subsequent conservation reports. Most inlay from the headdress and hair missing.
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