Warrior with shield and bird headdress
- 100 BCE–100 CE
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Ceramic, paint
- Overall: 13 x 9 3/8 x 9 1/4 in. (33.02 x 23.8 x 23.5 cm)
- Arts of the Americas
- Ancient Art of the Americas - A. H. Meadows Galleries, Level 4
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott, the McDermott Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Algur H. Meadows and the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
- OBJECT NUMBER:
During the Late Formative period (200 BCE-300 CE), modeled representations of warriors were common in the visual arts of cultures that once occupied the modern-day states of Colima, Nayarit, and Jalisco. Identified by their body armor and helmets, the warriors are depicted either sitting or standing, and wielding a weapon or shield. While their function remains uncertain, such hollow clay figurines were often placed in funerary contexts. Particular to these early cultures of western Mexico, deceased individuals were often interred in deep shaft tombs dug down into the earth. Within this funerary context, the dynamic warrior figurines, with their martial poses and accoutrements, served the deceased, perhaps as tomb guardians.
Carol Robbins, Label text [1958.42; 1973.51], A. H. Meadows Galleries.
The bird on the headdress of the figure also functions as a whistle.