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Bed Figure

3rd century B.C.–A.D. 4th century
Mexico, Mesoamerica
L. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Albert J. Grant and Monique Grant Joint Revocable Trust, 2014
Accession Number:
Not on view
This figure features a modelled human figure complete with appliqued facial features, coiffure, and ear spools lying stretched out on a flat surface supported on four legs at the corners, hence the name bed figures. The figure appears to be strapped to the bed with a wide decorated band across the midsection. Across the top and bottom ends of the bed are arches, and an additional cover stretching over the top and bottom arches. The bed has modelled and incised decoration and remains of red and white pigment.
Albert J. and Monique Grant, New York, acquired 1960s; Albert J. Grant and Monique Grant Joint Revocable Trust, until 2014

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