Description Solid, hand-modeled figurines of diminutive size yet remarkable detail and expressiveness represent the Xochipala style, a distinctive artistic tradition found in the highlands of Guerrero in western Mexico. The seated figure's lack of adornment and the marked figural naturalism are characteristic of early works from this period. The seated male figure holds a long bar, perhaps a scepter denoting political status. Large tufts adorn the tops of his feet, and his loins are wrapped in a red-painted cloth, the only surviving vestige of the region's textile arts. Slashes on the shoulders likely represent body paint, tattoos, or intentional scarring, a type of body adornment seen on many later ceramic figural sculptures from western Mexico.
Provenance Throckmorton Fine Art, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John G. Bourne, August 31, 1998, by purchase; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 2017.
Credit Bequest of John G. Bourne, 2017
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