Figurine, West Mexican (Huitzilapa, Jalisco, or Colima)
Artist: Unknown Mexican (Central Veracruzan) Artist Primary
Purchased at auction at Sotheby Parke-Bernet by Jacob Fass on October 11, 1975 (Sale #3792, Lot #522); gift to Fairfield University 2003; transferred to the Fairfield University Art Museum collection in 2018.
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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.
Three-dimensional works that represent humans, animals, or mythical beasts at less than half life-size. While the term may be used interchangeably with "statuette" in certain situations, it differs in that a statuette is always free-standing while a figurine may be part of a larger work, such as a decorative detail on a candelabra or mirror.
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