Art Of The Day

Happy International Kiss a Ginger Day!

Kiss this red-haired Chupícuaro figure with your eyes as you learn a bit about Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican art and culture. 

Chupícuaro refers to both a specific place and a culture. Situated in Guanajuato in present-day central Mexico, Chupícuaro exerted considerable cultural influence throughout Mesoamerica, particularly in the realm of ceramic production. Excavations organized by Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia of Mexico revealed that many inhabitants of Chupícuaro created pottery figurines and other small artifacts. Through trade, these objects were distributed throughout the basin of Mexico and Morelos, and other cultures adopted the stylistic hallmarks of Chupícuaro figures, such as the slanted, coffee-bean shaped eyes. 

Scholars believe this figurine represents a woman, as indicated by the ornate center-parted hair style and clothing. 


Seated female with red hair

Chupícuaro peoples

Seated female with red hair

, 500 BCE – 1CE
Buff earthenware, red and white pigment, 2 ¾ x 1 3/8 x 5/8 in. (7 x 3.5 x 1.6 cm)
Gift of Eugene and Ina Schnell, 1989.139