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Standing Figure

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
These eight figurines were found inside a ceramic vessel near Sanders, Arizona, but the context of the discovery site is unknown. Their facial features, thin arms, and angular postures point to a Mimbres origin. Similar stone figurines have been discovered in the region in a variety of archaeological contexts, including a burial, a domestic room, and a trash mound. The open mouths suggest some form of communication, and the objects’ small size indicates personal use, but questions remain: Were the objects used for rituals or burial offerings, or as treasured possessions? Were they discarded after one use?


Estas ocho figurillas fueron encontradas dentro de una vasija cerámica cerca de Sanders, Arizona, pero el contexto del sitio es desconocido. Sus rasgos faciales, brazos delgados, y posturas angulares apuntan a origen Mimbres. Figurillas de piedra similares han sido descubiertas en la región en un variado contexto arqueológico, incluyendo un entierro, un cuarto doméstico, y un basural. Las bocas abiertas sugieren algún tipo de forma de comunicación, y el tamaño pequeño del objeto indica uso personal, pero quedan preguntas sin respuesta: ¿Eran estos objetos utilizados en rituales, como ofrendas en entierros, o como preciadas posesiones? ¿Eran desechados después de un solo uso?
MEDIUM Stone, pigment
DATES 1100-1000 B.C.E.
DIMENSIONS 3 x 1 3/4 x 3/4 in. (7.6 x 4.4 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 03.325.4527
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Possibly Mimbres (Native American). Standing Figure, 1100-1000 B.C.E. Stone, pigment, 3 x 1 3/4 x 3/4 in. (7.6 x 4.4 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4527. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE group, 03.325.4527_03.325.4528_03.325.4529_03.325.4530_03.325.4531_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The figure is the one third from the left. It has an open mouth with closed eyes. One of his arms is held across his chest and the other across the chest touching his shoulder. His head has a serrated edge as if wearing a headdress. See also 03.325.4528- 34. These figures were all found together inside a painted pot. They were purchased from the German trader, Cronmeyer.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (83%)
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