Warrior with shield and bird headdress

DATE:
100 BCE–100 CE
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Ceramic, paint
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 13 x 9 3/8 x 9 1/4 in. (33.02 x 23.8 x 23.5 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Americas
LOCATION:
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
OBJECT NUMBER:
1973.51

General Description

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.

Excerpt from

Carol Robbins, Label text [1958.42; 1973.51], A. H. Meadows Galleries.

Fun Facts

The bird on the headdress of the figure also functions as a whistle.