Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - West Mexican Cultures - Artifact #5

Ceramic figure of a prisoner - West Mexican Cultures

WHO: Culture group from the Nayarit region of West Mexico

WHERE: Nayarit, West Mexico

WHEN: Late Preclassic Period, 200 B.C. - A.D. 250

WHAT: This ceramic figure of a standing prisoner indicates a man with hands lashed to a short pole behind his back. Body decoration on legs, arms and face is indicated. Otherwise naked, he is adorned with a modest headband and ear-spools. The emaciation depicted, as well as the anguish on the prisoner's face, provide a gripping representation of the ordeals of ancient capture and incarceration.
Height: 49.5cm

HOW: Coil-built and hand-modelled red earthenware with polychrome decoration.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.44

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