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Burial Urn with Female Effigy Figure

Arts of the Americas

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE Moskito Style
MEDIUM Ceramic, pigment, slip
DATES 1000-1500 C.E.
DIMENSIONS A: 16 x 8 9/16 in. (40.6 x 21.7 cm) B: 18 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (47 x 21 cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 49.191.1a-b
CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Nude female figure with hands resting on knees seated on top of the half-domed lid (b) of a cylindrical funerary urn (a). Cylindrical burial urns with rounded bases and an effigy figure seated on the top, such as this example, are typical of Moskito-style pottery. Several similar urns containing the bones of a secondary burial were found in a mound-covered stone tomb in an ancient cemetery near Ocuña, in the Magdalena Valley of Colombia. Condition: right ear and right breast on the lid figure are reconstructions.
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