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Seated Female Figure

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Ceramic, slip
  • Place Made: Jalisco, Mexico
  • DATES ca. 200
    PERIOD Early Classic Period
    DIMENSIONS 15 1/2 x 9 x 6 3/4 in. (39.4 x 22.9 x 17.1 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Maremont
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1969, provenance not yet documented; before 1969, acquired by Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles, CA; 1969, purchased from Stendahl Galleries (no. 10556) by Arnold and Eileen Maremont of Chicago, IL; 1969, gift of Arnold and Eileen Maremont to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A seated female figure with her hands on her waist and a large head, open at the top. There are openings for her eyes and mouth and holes in her ears for ornaments. Her legs short and bulbous, and her breasts are flat. Small holes under arms and inside legs and navel are for the escape of air during firing. The figure is painted with a red, black, and white slip and a pattern of wavy black lines appears on the torso; a black lozenge pattern decorates the chin and neck area. Condition: the right leg has been repaired, as well as the head which was broken off and replaced. One of a pair of ancestral figures (mate is 69.132.2). Pairs of figures, such as these Zacatecas examples, have been found as sets, in shaft-and-chamber tombs, along with other offerings to the dead.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Jalisco. Seated Female Figure, ca. 200. Ceramic, slip, 15 1/2 x 9 x 6 3/4 in. (39.4 x 22.9 x 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Maremont, 69.132.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.132.1_front_PS22.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 69.132.1_front_PS22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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