Scientific study of Mexican turquoise mosaics, £12.99
Height: 41.000 cm
Width: 30.000 cm
Purchased with the Christy Fund
AOA Hn 121
Room 27: Mexico
Pottery torso of a female
From Jalisco, West
300 BC - AD 300
This Ameca-style figurine represents the torso of a woman wearing a headdress, earplugs and a necklace. Her breasts are covered with a pattern outlined in black pigment, which represents a tattoo or body paint. A band of red slip at the bottom of the figure is part of a skirt, common to this type of figurine. The decoration on the shoulders is also common in Ameca-style sculptures.
The majority of figurines known from Jalisco belong to the Ameca style. Both males and females are depicted, usually sitting, with elongated faces and wearing the simple ornaments and clothing seen on this female torso. Standing males warriors are also common. In comparison to the ceramics of Colima and Nayarit, the subject matter in this region is quite limited.
figures from Western Mexico have been discovered in
R.F. Townsend, Ancient West Mexico, art and a (Chicago, Thames and Hudson, 1998)
M. Kan, C.W. Meighan and H.B. Nicholson, Sculpture of Ancient Mexico: N (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989)
J. Gallagher, Companions of the dead: cerami (Los Angeles, Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, 1983)
C. McEwan, Ancient Mexico in the British (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)