Standing Female Figurine with Jar

Standing Female Figurine with Jar

300 BC-AD 500
Culture
Greater Nicoya
Country
Costa Rica
Style/Tradition
Guinea Incised Guinea Variety
figurine
Modeled clay with reddish-orange slip, applique, and incision.
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer
1993.485
. Standing Female Figurine with Jar. 300 BC-AD 500. Modeled clay with reddish-orange slip, applique, and incision.. Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer. 1993.485.
Dimensions
height: 12 3/8 in, 31.4325 cm; width: 9 3/4 in, 24.7650 cm; depth: 7 1/8 in, 18.0975 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Standing upright and supporting a small jar on her left shoulder is a large nude female figure. She has short, thick legs with large feet, and slender arms. The torso is barrel-shaped, with carefully detailed genitals, a raised, circular navel, and small, conical breasts. The head is large with a very broad face and a wide, grimacing mouth. The figure wears earspools and a cap that curves down the back of the head. The cap's surface is finely engraved with intricate banded patterns that include interlaces, zig-zags, and cross-hatched panels. Engraved on the front of the torso is an interlaced circle around the navel, from which radiates four interlace bands with elaborate terminations. Red slip covers most of the body, as well as the cap, forehead and facial features. Remarkably, the jar on the figure's shoulder is a miniature pigeon-breasted, hunchback effigy jar. --M. Young-Sanchez

Known Provenance
Gifted 31 December 1993 by Frederick and Jan Mayer to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.
Exhibition History
  • "Ancient Treasures of Costa Rica: Art and Archaeology of the Rich Coast." Denver Museum of Natural History, June 23, 1990-May 31, 1991.

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