Figurine

Figurine

A.D. 600-1000
Culture
Wari
Country
Peru
figurine
Green stone
Funds Provided By Jan And Frederick R. Mayer
1992.502.3
. Figurine. A.D. 600-1000. Green stone. Funds Provided By Jan And Frederick R. Mayer. 1992.502.3.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 1.875 in, 4.7625 cm; width: 1 in, 2.5400 cm; depth: .875 in, 2.2225 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Figurine
Wari
A.D. 600–1000
Peru
Green stone
New World Acquisitions Fund, 1992.502.3

Three groups of figurines were discovered at Pikillacta, a large Wari site located near Cuzco, in the southern Peruvian highlands.  They appear to have been deposited as ritual offerings, along with shells and copper rods.  The figurines usually have impassive expressions, and stand upright with arms at the sides.  Most wear long tunics (sometimes patterned), but their headgear is diverse.  A few are portrayed as prisoners, or as warriors carrying weapons.  

Individual figurines have been discovered at other Wari sites, so it is unclear whether this example comes from Pikillacta.  The figurine wears a belted or two-part garment, perhaps indicating that it portrays a woman.