Female Figure Funerary Urn

Female Figure Funerary Urn

A.D. 400-1300
Culture
Marajó
Locale
Marajó Island
Country
Brazil
urn, funerary urn
White-slipped earthenware with pigment
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer
2006.20A-D
. Female Figure Funerary Urn. A.D. 400-1300. White-slipped earthenware with pigment. Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer. 2006.20A-D.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 27 3/4 in, 70.4850 cm; diameter: 15 in, 38.1000 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Female Figure Funerary Urn
About A.D. 400–1300
Brazil, Marajó Island
White-slipped earthenware with pigment
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2006.20 A-D

This burial urn is too small to hold an intact human body. Instead, the corpse was first buried or held in a temporary location until the flesh decayed. The bones were then cleaned and perhaps coated with red ochre pigment. The burial urn’s female form suggests rebirth in the afterlife.