|Object Type||Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection|
|Dimensions||3 5/8 x 1 3/8 x 7/16 in. (9.21 x 3.49 x 1.11 cm)|
|Credit Line||Bates College Museum of Art, Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, Gift of the Marsden Hartley Estate, 1951.2.31|
Offerings at the Zapotec site of Monte Albán (Valley of Oaxaca) frequently include small, flat carvings similar to this example. They usually represent frontal depictions of standing or seated male figures, whereas smaller examples depict only a frontal face. All types usually have suspension holes drilled at the sides or through the rear lateral edges, as present here. These holes allowed for suspension as body adornment. For excavated examples, see Caso, Alfonso, 1965, “Lapidary Work, Goldwork, and Copperwork from Oaxaca.” In Handbook of Middle American Indians, vol. 3, part 2:909-911. University of Texas Press, Austin.
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