Standing Female FigureOn Display

The cultures of ancient West Mexico associated power and social status with the ownership of land. Proof of ancestry, in the form of deep shaft tombs, was essential to claim property. Multiple chambers in tombs held family members’ human remains and goods including jewelry, obsidian mirrors, vessels for food and drink, and large, hollow ceramic figures like this one.

  • 200 BC - AD 100
  • 17 1/2 x 14 x 5 1/2 in. (44.5 x 35.6 x 14 cm)
  • 1987.5
  • Museum purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Friend, Jr., Mrs. James D. Foster and Mrs. Sidney B. Finn, by exchange, and the Traditional Arts Acquisition Fund