Standing Man

Clay Standing Man from the Xochipala culture of Mexico
Mexico, Guerrero, Xochipala culture
Pre-Classic period (c. 1600–100 B.C.)
c. 1600–1200 B.C.
8 1/2 x 5 1/16 x 2 7/8 in. (21.6 x 12.9 x 7.3 cm)
AP 1971.03
Currently Not On View
This figure of a standing man came from a burial found near the remote mountain village of Xochipala, and may represent an early regional style influenced by the art of the Olmec homeland on the Gulf Coast, or perhaps a formative period of Olmec art. The animated naturalism of this solid clay figure is distinctive among early pre-Columbian sculpture, as is the assured modeling of the forms so completely realized in three dimensions.


(John Stokes, New York); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1971.