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Seated Male

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Description Lagunillas figures often portray men, usually in a seated position with elbows resting on bent knees and forearms crossed on top of each other. The torso leans forward, and the face gazes downward. This figure's loins are wrapped in a relatively wide hip cloth of unadorned fabric. He wears a textile or plant fiber triple-strand band around his head, a forelock of hair falling below the band. His face is extensively painted with black designs, including masklike half circles around his eyes and whisker-like motifs extending outward from the corners of his mouth. Arm and ankle bands, perhaps made of cut shell, adorn his limbs; similar multi-stringed ornaments have been found adorning corporeal remains in many tombs from this region.
  • Art of Ancient America, 1500 B.C.-1400 A.D.. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe. 1998-2008.
  • Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2012-2013.
Provenance Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John G. Bourne, 1960s, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Gift of John Bourne, 2009

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300 BC-AD 200
burnished earthenware, slip paint
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H: 18 3/16 x W: 10 11/16 x D: 13 15/16 in. (46.2 x 27.2 x 35.4 cm)
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