Parque Nacional del Este, Dominican Republic
Artifact Inventory

Female Figurine


  • Design:The artifact is a hollow ceramic vessel in the shape of a female figure. She is in a sitting position with her arms folded over her stomach; one arm is placed above her belly button and the other arm below it.

  • Size:N/A (Roughly 20cm in height)

  • Condition:It is in extremely good condition although both arms have broken off.

  • Color:Yellowish tan

  • Temper:Sand

  • Collection Date:Prior to August 1996

  • IllustrationN/A

  • Comments:This vessel is important due to the belief that is an effigy vase (Stevens-Arroyo 1988; Loven 1935) and the fact that this type of vessel is rare in a complete form. It is also unique in that the figure represents a Taino myth concerning the origin of males and females.

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    Last updated: 24 March 1998
    Comments: Underwater Science Program
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