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Female Figure

Arts of the Americas

These eight figurines were found inside a ceramic vessel near Sanders, Arizona, but the context of the discovery site is unknown. Their facial features, thin arms, and angular postures point to a Mimbres origin. Similar stone figurines have been discovered in the region in a variety of archaeological contexts, including a burial, a domestic room, and a trash mound. The open mouths suggest some form of communication, and the objects’ small size indicates personal use, but questions remain: Were the objects used for rituals or burial offerings, or as treasured possessions? Were they discarded after one use?

Estas ocho figurillas fueron encontradas dentro de una vasija cerámica cerca de Sanders, Arizona, pero el contexto del sitio es desconocido. Sus rasgos faciales, brazos delgados, y posturas angulares apuntan a origen Mimbres. Figurillas de piedra similares han sido descubiertas en la región en un variado contexto arqueológico, incluyendo un entierro, un cuarto doméstico, y un basural. Las bocas abiertas sugieren algún tipo de forma de comunicación, y el tamaño pequeño del objeto indica uso personal, pero quedan preguntas sin respuesta: ¿Eran estos objetos utilizados en rituales, como ofrendas en entierros, o como preciadas posesiones? ¿Eran desechados después de un solo uso?
MEDIUM Stone (volcanic tuff), pigment
DATES 1100–1000 B.C.E.
DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. (9.6 x 3.2 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Carved stone figurine with an open mouth and closed eyes. Her arms are held across her chest and her legs are bent in front. The vagina is pronounced and a round form is emerging from it. The Hopi call this figure tikuywuuti or "child sticking out." The is residue of red and yellow ocher, and blue and black pigment. See also 03.325.4527- 34. These figures were all found together inside a painted pot. They were purchased from the German trader, Cronmeyer.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Possibly Mimbres. Female Figure, 1100–1000 B.C.E. Stone (volcanic tuff), pigment, 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. (9.6 x 3.2 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4534. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 03.325.4527_.4528_.4529_.4530_.4531_.4532_.4533_.4534.jpg)
IMAGE group, 03.325.4527_.4528_.4529_.4530_.4531_.4532_.4533_.4534.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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