Warrior

Jalisco

Mexican

Warrior, 100 BCE- 250 CE

  • On View

Earthenware

Dimensions: 19 5/8 × 8 × 10 in. (49.8 × 20.3 × 25.4 cm)

Gift of Genevieve and Richard Shaw, by exchange, 2011.320

This large, standing figure comes from Jalisco, located on the Pacific coast of modern day Mexico. The inhabitants of Jalisco and the nearby regions of Nayarit and Colima were known for their complex underground shaft tombs, where this figure likely came from. Because little monumental architecture and no writing systems from this region have survived, knowledge of these ancient cultures comes from burials and their contents. This warrior figure may have served as a tomb guardian.

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