Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - Classic Veracruz - Artifact #3

Ceramic female figure

WHO: Classic Veracruz culture

WHERE: Veracruz, Mexico; Gulf Coast

WHEN: Late Classic Period, A.D. 550 - 800

WHAT: The elaborate dress and hair of this figure from Mexico's Gulf Coast show that she is a member of the elite. Her coiffure is bound in woven cotton cords that are probably framed in a traditional headdress of amate (Mexican fig tree) paper with sticks. The ear ornaments and necklace that she wears, possibly of jade, also denote her elite status. Even her sandals, probably of leather or woven fibre, tell us that she is of high status, because not everyone in Veracruz society wore footgear.
Height: 35.5cm

HOW: Mould-made buff earthenware with traces of white colour

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.79

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