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.
ca. 100 B.C.E.-300 C.E.
17 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 10 in. (44.5 x 38.7 x 25.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Coltrera Collection
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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)
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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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