Standing male pottery figure

Colima or Michoacan
Late Formative period
300 B.C.–200 A.D.

Object Place: Colima or Michoacan, Mexico


Overall: 55.9 x 25.1 x 17.1 cm (22 x 9 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.)

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Standing male figure (Coahuayana-style) with outstretched arm and hand holding a small spherical object (a ball?).

This figure’s head strap and horn relate to concepts of rule, personal sacrifice, and cosmic fertility and growth, suggesting that he represents one of the ruling elite. He has decorative scars on his shoulders and wears beads, a belt, and a loin wrap with woven border designs. Unusually large, this figure may have been a tomb-guardian sculpture portraying a principal family member.


February 2, 1970, purchased by Arnold H. Maremont, Chicago, from Alfred Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles; 1978, Maremont Collection to the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (acc. #B78.1538); May 14, 1996, sold by Sothebys New York, lot 121, to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; sold by Lands Beyond Gallery to Hy Zaret; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA.

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Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret