October 9, 2015: Ceramic Matrimonial Pair from Western Mexico
Jalisco, Mexico, 300 BCE – 300 CE
This matrimonial pair is of the Ixtlan del Rio style of the Western Mexico Shaft Tomb Tradition, employing a caricaturized approach to the human form, with large heads, slender limbs, and exaggerated facial features. Adorned with nose and ear piercings, tattoos, and jewelry, these figurines likely memorialized individuals of significant social status. Objects held in the hands likely symbolize what profession or skills the subject possessed. Couples, such as this pair, are a common theme, perhaps signifying their close bond in life.