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Figurine Fragment

Unknown Artist (Teotihuacan)

The wide-band headdress worn by this figure is distinctive to Teotihuacan figurines although it does not appear in the mural art or stone sculpture of the metropolis. Chronologically, it is one of the longest-lasting headdress types at Teotihuacan, beginning during the Tzacualli phase (Teotihuacan I phase, 1-150 CE) and continuing to the end of the city after 650 CE. The execution of this piece and the extensive slip painting suggest the figurine dates to the final two phases of Teotihuacan.
See Berrin, Kathleen, and E. Pasztory (eds.), 1993, Teotihuacan. Art from the City of the Gods. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Thames and Hudson, New York, p.225; also see Robb, Mathew H. (ed.), 2017, Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire. De Young, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and University of California Press; Scott, Sue, 2004, The Terracotta Figurines from Sigvald Linné’s Excavations at Teotihuacán, México. FAMSI Report 99100 (, and Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm.

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