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Seated woman figurine

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Figurine modeled in the form of a seated noblewoman wearing a fine dress (huipil) and jewelry, her hair elegantly wrapped with cloth bands and adornments. She rests a cylindrical drinking vessel on her bent knee. "Maya Blue" pigment colors her dress.


Probably between the late 19th century and mid-1940s, excavated in Jaina, Campeche, Mexico. Jacob Epstein (b. 1880 – d. 1959), London; about 1958/1960, sold from the Epstein collection to Carlo Monzino (b. 1934 – d. 1994), London; November 17, 2006, Monzino estate sale, Sotheby’s, New York, lot 284, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 21, 2007)

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Museum purchase with funds donated by Lavinia and Landon T. Clay

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650-800

Object Place

Jaina Island area, Campeche, Mexico


Overall: 14.6 cm (5 3/4 in.)

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