Standing Figurine with Conical Headdress, Face Painting, and a Shirt
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Standing Figurine with Conical Headdress, Face Painting, and a Shirtca. 1000 - ca. 1500
4 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (12.4 x 7.3 x 3.8 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.501
Other Number(s): D448 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Among the most common types Chancay ceramics are anthropomorphic figures known as "cuchimilcos." Often existing in pairs—one male and one female—they stand with arms outstretched. The holes at the top of the head in some examples suggest that they might originally have been adorned with feathers or other materials. Their posture, along with the fact that many were found in tombs, has led to the hypothesis that they were tomb offerings, interred with the deceased perhaps to keep evil spirits away.
This object has the following keywords:
- figurines - Three-dimensional works that represent humans, animals, or mythical beasts at less than half life-size. While the term may be used interchangeably with "statuette" in certain situations, it differs in that a statuette is always free-standing while a figurine may be part of a larger work, such as a decorative detail on a candelabra or mirror.
- Peruvian - Of or belonging to the nation of Peru or its people.
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Traces of Greatness: Selections from the Pre-Columbian Collection Bryn Mawr College , Jun 30, 2014 – Sep 11, 2014
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