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Seated Couple

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
This sculpture of a seated couple may depict a marriage ceremony. The woman holds a bowl containing an unknown beverage for her companion, who brings a drinking tube to his mouth. The intimate nature of their relationship is suggested by their touching legs and the man’s arm gently draped over his partner’s shoulder.
CULTURE Jalisco
MEDIUM Ceramic
  • Place Made: Jalisco, Mexico
  • DATES ca. 100 B.C.E.-300 C.E.
    DIMENSIONS 17 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 10 in. (44.5 x 38.7 x 25.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2010.23.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Coltrera Collection
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Jalisco. Seated Couple, ca. 100 B.C.E.-300 C.E. Ceramic, 17 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 10 in. (44.5 x 38.7 x 25.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Coltrera Collection, 2010.23.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2010.23.1_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2010.23.1_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Seated man and woman joined at the legs and facing each other. The woman holds a bowl for her companion, who brings a drinking tube to his mouth. One of the man's arms is gently draped over the woman's shoulder. This sculpture is in the Ameca-Etzatlán style which is characterized by elongated heads; large, carved eyes; straight, naturalistic noses; and open mouths displaying incised teeth. The elongated heads are consistent with cranial deformation - the flattening of the infant's cranium - which was probably a sign of prestige. Both figures wear almost identical hair styles or headdresses with a headband decorated with appliqué dots. Additional adornments include earspools, leg bands (on the man), a skirt (on the woman), and appliqué dots on the shoulders possibly representing decorative scarification. Condition: good; some surface abrasions and chips.
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    Jalisco. <em>Seated Couple</em>, ca. 100 B.C.E.-300 C.E. Ceramic, 17 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 10 in. (44.5 x 38.7 x 25.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Coltrera Collection, 2010.23.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2010.23.1_PS6.jpg)

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