Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec, 2nd Century BC-2nd Century AD / Seated Figure / c. 150 BC-AD 200Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec, 2nd Century BC-2nd Century AD
Seated Figure
c. 150 BC-AD 200

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Zapotec
Creator Name-CRT: Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec, 2nd Century BC-2nd Century AD
Title: Seated Figure
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -15
Creation End Date: 200
Creation Date: c. 150 BC-AD 200
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Earthenware
Dimensions: Overall: 32.3cm x 17.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1954.857
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Style or Period: Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec, 2nd Century BC-2nd Century AD

This elegantly simple ceramic figure is one of the masterpieces of early Zapotec sculpture. Zapotec rulers were interred in elaborate tombs with lavish offerings that usually included sets of effigy urns portraying deities or companions. This sculpture is from a matched set of such tomb guardians that also includes the nearly identical Scribe of Cuilapan, one of the most famous works in Oaxaca's archaeological museum. The glyphs inscribed on the figure's headdress (13 Water) and chest (13 Flint Knife) are calendar dates that may name the figure.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1954.857
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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