Seated woman figurine

Maya
Late Classic Period
A.D. 650-800


Object Place: Campeche, Mexico, Jaina Island area

Dimensions

Overall: 15.2 × 7.9 × 10.2 cm (6 × 3 1/8 × 4 in.)

Accession Number

2007.48

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

On View

Ancient Central America Gallery (Gallery LG32)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Figurines

Figurine modeled in the form of a seated noblewoman wearing a fine dress (huipil) and jewelry, her hair elegantly wrapped with cloth bands and adornments. She rests a cylindrical drinking vessel on her bent knee. “Maya Blue” pigment colors her dress.


Women-influential aristocrats and accomplished hosts-were essential participants in royal feasts. Although infrequently recorded on stone monuments, aristocratic women often appear in palace scenes on pottery.

Provenance

Probably between the late 19th century and mid-1940s, excavated in Jaina, Campeche, Mexico. Jacob Epstein (b. 1880 – d. 1959), London; about 1958/1960, sold from the Epstein collection to Carlo Monzino (b. 1934 – d. 1994), London; November 17, 2006, Monzino estate sale, Sotheby’s, New York, lot 284, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 21, 2007)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Lavinia and Landon T. Clay