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Costumed Figure Date: 7th–8th century  Jaina, a small island located off the western coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, was raised above the waters when the Maya carried tons of earth onto it. As part of the funerary practice on Jaina, ceramic figurines were included in the burials. The early burials had few figurines of high quality. Later the figures were produced in greater quantity and their aesthetic quality declined. The subject matter is often related to matters of fertility.

Costumed Figure Date: 7th–8th century Jaina, a small island located off the western coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, was raised above the waters when the Maya carried tons of earth onto it. As part of the funerary practice on Jaina, ceramic figurines were included in the burials. The early burials had few figurines of high quality. Later the figures were produced in greater quantity and their aesthetic quality declined. The subject matter is often related to matters of fertility.

Female figural whistle. Ancient Maya (Jaina, Mexico), A.D. 500-900  Clay, paint. Courtesy, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

Female figural whistle. Ancient Maya (Jaina, Mexico), A.D. 500-900 Clay, paint. Courtesy, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution

Feline Bottle Date: 8th–10th century Geography: Peru Culture: Wari Medium: Ceramic

Feline Bottle Date: 8th–10th century Geography: Peru Culture: Wari Medium: Ceramic

Figura en cerámica de Jaina expuesta en el American Museum of Natural History de Nueva York. Maya,Campeche,Mexico

Figura en cerámica de Jaina expuesta en el American Museum of Natural History de Nueva York. Maya,Campeche,Mexico

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