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Colima Seated Figure of a Whistler

Artist: Unknown Mexican Artist
Date: ca. 300-900
4th century-10th century
Dimensions: 13 x 7 in. (33.02 x 17.78 cm)
Object Type: Statue
Creation Place: North America, Mexico, Colima
Medium and Support: Terracotta
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fass
Accession Number: 2018.06.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries


Purchased at auction at Parke-Bernet Galleries by Jacob Fass on May 23, 1970 (Sale #3059, Lot #5); gift to Fairfield University 2003; transferred to the Fairfield University Art Museum collection in 2018.


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A period in Mesoamerica, from around 250 BCE to 900 CE, marked by widespread development of numerous cities and ceremonial centers, and by the rise of large-scale states in three regions: the Basin of Mexico in the Central Highlands, the Valley of Oaxaca in the Southern Highlands and the Maya lowlands. Each region developed unique patterns and styles.
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