Female Figurine

Female Figurine

A.D. 800-1400
Culture
Huastec
Locale
northern Veracruz
Country
Mexico
figure, female
Earthenware with slip
Marion Hendrie Fund
1972.399
. Female Figurine. A.D. 800-1400. Earthenware with slip. Marion Hendrie Fund. 1972.399.
Dimensions
height: 8 in, 20.3200 cm; width: 3.5 in, 8.8900 cm; depth: 1.5 in, 3.8100 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Female Figurine
Huastec
About A.D. 800–1400
Mexico, northern Veracruz
Earthenware with slip
Marion Hendrie Fund, 1972.399

This figurine portrays a young woman wearing jewelry, a flowered headband, and a thick belt around her hips.  Some scholars interpret the belt as protective padding of the sort worn by ballplayers in many regions of Mesoamerica.  The ballgame was more than a sport: the ball was symbolically linked to celestial bodies and deities, and human sacrifice was sometimes performed in association with the game.  It is unclear whether women participated in the game as players.