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rain god figure
  • Tesuque peoples
  • rain god figure, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, mica
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 14 x 26.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 10 3/8 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2744
Label Text

The seated human figure has the left leg extended and the right leg is bent to the side. The figure's arms are wrapped around the chest. The mouth is slightly open, and the figure has a stylized lock of hair on its head. There are no ears and the eyes are very faintly indicated. The figure is a natural reddish-orange clay color with flecks of mica. There are grayish-black firing clouds on the figure's right arm and left hand, and on the left leg.