This figure (almost certainly male) has a sense of movement, with a greater plastic quality of the limbs. The right foot is tucked up on the left thigh, while the left hand grips the knee in the familiar posture of someone easing their cross-legged seating position. The forearms are noticeably curved, and this, combined with the deep pointed chest and the absence of a neck, suggests that someone with a deformity is depicted. Alternatively, the figure may just represent a very old man. A loincloth waistband is indicated by incised lines around the back. Traces of red pigment are present in the eyes and mouth.
Entry taken from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection 3 volume catalogue, edited by Steven Hooper (Yale University Press, 1997).
Acquired by Robert and Lisa Sainsbury in 1983.
Bequeathed to the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia by Lady Sainsbury in 2014.
Title/Description: Seated dwarf
Object Type: Figure
Materials: Earthenware, Pigment
Measurements: h. 44 mm
Accession Number: RLS 37
Historic Period: Formative (early) period (1200-900 BC)
Production Place: Mesoamerica, Mexico, Puebla, The Americas
Credit Line: Bequeathed by Lady Sainsbury, 2014