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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mexican
Creator Dates/Places: Mexico
Creator Active Place: Mexico
Creator Name-CRT: Mexico, Colima
Title: Dwarf Effigy
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -10
Creation End Date: 500
Creation Date: 100 BC - 500
Creation Place: Mexico, Colima
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Pottery
Dimensions: Overall: 41.4cm x 24.6cm x 23.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1991.20
Credit Line: Fiftieth anniversary gift of the Womens Council in honor of the Museum's 75th anniversary
Context: The people of Colima in western Mexico buried their dead in deep shaft tombs together with pottery vessels and figurines, worked shell, stone objects, and food. Naturalistic Colima effigy vessels represent a wide range of subjects, including human beings, mammals, crustaceans, birds and reptiles.Dwarfs, a recurrent theme in Colima art, were probably believed to possess supernatural powers. This figure's elaborate jewelry and headband, and his intent expression are consistent with such interpretation.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1991.20
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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