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House model

Photo: Paul Macapia

House model

200 B.C. - 300 A.D.

The lower story of this house may represent a place for funerary preparations or even an entrance into a family tomb. Observance of religious rites likely focused on ancestors and the power they exerted in the world of the living. The wide variety of West Mexico ceramics offers an engaging and insightful glimpse into this ancient culture.
14 3/4 x 12 3/4 x 8 in. (37.5 x 32.4 x 20.3 cm)
Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company
Photo: Paul Macapia
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Art of the Ancient Americas, July 10, 1999 - May 11, 2003

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Feasting with the Gods: Art and Ceremony in Ancient Mesoamerica and the Central Andes, December 11, 2003 - July 19, 2004

Los Angeles, Califoria, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Ancedotal Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico, 1972
Published ReferencesSelected Works, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, p. 60

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