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Standing Man

c. 1600–1200 B.C.

Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum

This figure of a standing man came from a burial found near the remote mountain village of Xochipala, and may represent an early regional style influenced by the art of the Olmec homeland on the Gulf Coast, or perhaps a formative period of Olmec art. The animated naturalism of this solid clay figure is distinctive among early pre-Columbian sculpture, as is the assured modeling of the forms so completely realized in three dimensions.

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  • Title: Standing Man
  • Date: c. 1600–1200 B.C.
  • Location: Mexico, Guerrero, Xochipala culture
  • Physical Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 5 1/16 x 2 7/8 in. (21.6 x 12.9 x 7.3 cm)
  • Provenance: (John Stokes, New York); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1971.
  • Rights: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • External Link: www.kimbellart.org
  • Medium: Ceramic
  • Period: Pre-Classic period (c. 1600–100 B.C.)

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