MOA: University of British Columbia
Ceramic shaft tomb figure of a squatting male (priest) holding a perforated rattle in his right hand, wearing a headdress; his left hand is raised up, touching his head. Figure's face is long and rectangular in shape. He has a sharp nose and triangular shaped mouth, with his tongue visible. The lips and eyes are carved in low relief. He has large oval-shaped ears with circular earrings. Front of headdress has decorative, raised diagonal lines across it. Body partly painted red. Past breaks and repairs visible on surface; a small triangular piece is missing from the back. Figure is hollow.
The Western Mexico shaft tomb tradition refers to a set of shared cultural traits found in the western Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Colima, dating to the period from roughly 300 BCE to 400 CE* (*note: end date in dispute).
Purchased by the donor's father from a dealer, while he was visiting the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico in 1960.
- Type of Item figure
- Culture Western Mexico
- Material clay, paint, adhesive
- Measurements height 29.0 cm, width 22.0 cm, depth 16.0 cm (overall)
- Previous Owner John Nightingale
- Received from John Nightingale
- Made in Jalisco, Nayarit
- Creation Date between 1 and 1500
- Collection Date during 1960
- Ownership Date before December 5, 2019
- Acquisition Date on December 5, 2019
- Item Classes ceramics
- Condition fair
- Accession Number 3409/0001