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Kneeling figure of a captive, performing

Kneeling figure of a captive, performing

ca. 600 - 900

This delicate figure depicts a seated dancer (whose loincloth indicates he is a captive) who gestures with one hand and shakes a rattle with the other. Mesoamerican instruments were of the percussive and melodic type, and from paintings and sculptures we know that the Maya used flutes, rattles, drums and trumpets made from ceramic, gourds, wood, and shell.
Ceramic with pigment
5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (14.0 x 11.4 cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
99.75
location
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

Resources

Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Feasting with the Gods: Art and Ceremony in Ancient Mesoamerica and the Central Andes, December 11, 2003 - July 19, 2004
Published ReferencesSeattle Art Museum: Bridging Cultures, London: Scala Publishers Ltd. for the Seattle Art Museum, 2007, p. 35

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