Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - Zapotec - Artifact #3

Urn - Zapotec

WHO: Zapotec culture

WHERE: Oaxaca, Mexico; probably Cerro de la Campana

WHEN: Classic Period, Monte Albán IIIb, A.D. 500-750

WHAT:This massive funerary urn was part of a larger group of urns which may have contained offerings used during an interment ceremony for someone of elite status. Two other identical urns are known to exist and it is thought that there is another larger urn which also was part of this group.

The figure depicted is wearing an elaborate headdress, ear spools and a pendant with tubular shells. Upon the figure's face is a mask with feline, serpentine and crocodilian attributes.
Height: 76.8cm

HOW: Unslipped grey earthenware; hand-modelled body, with applied adornments

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.179


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