Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>

Ceramics & Stoneware

Showing 9 of 11

Open Access

Nayarit Head of a Man

Tarascan Pottery, Head of a Man
Artist: Unknown Mexican Artist Primary
Date: ca. 100 BCE - 250 CE
3rd century-1st century BCE
Dimensions: 6.25 x 5.38 x 4.38 in. (15.88 x 13.65 x 11.11 cm)
Object Type: Statue
Creation Place: North America, Mexico, Nayarit
Medium and Support: Ceramic
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fass
Accession Number: 2018.04.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries


Purchased at auction at Parke-Bernet Galleries by Jacob Fass on November 24, 1967, (Sale #2623, Lot #180); gift to Fairfield University 2003; transferred to the Fairfield University Art Museum collection in 2018.


Click a term to view other artwork with the same keyword

Refers generally to the period in Mesoamerica from about 2000 BCE to 250 CE characterized by major achievements in iconography and architecture by many distinct societies. It often refers specifically to early prehistoric Mesoamerican Olmec culture featuring monumental and intricate art in stone, jewels, and feathers.
Sculpture in the round, usually but not always depicting humans, animals, mythical beings, or small figure groups. Statues are relatively large in scale, being life-size, larger than life-size, or only slightly smaller than life-size. For small-scale representations of humans, animals, or mythical beings, use "figurines," "statuettes," or another appropriate term. For depictions of humans, animals, or mythical beings in media other than sculpture, use "figures (representations)."
public domain
Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. Also, the status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright.
Refers to any of various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.

Portfolio List

This object is a member of the following portfolios:

Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve? Please contact the museum registrar at