Associated Records

Image of Archaeology General Collection - 1940.1.1

Archaeology General Collection - 1940.1.1

Native American carved sandstone male ancestor figure with black and red pigment, Mississippian (c. 1250-1350 CE), one of a pair of statues (one male and one female) found in the 1930s at the Sellars farm in Wilson County, Tennessee. The male figure was sold to the University of Tennessee in 1940 by the tenant farmer and quickly became an icon of prehistoric art; it was featured in Time magazine in 1941. In 1992, it traveled to Brussels, Belgium, for the exhibition Trésors du Nouveau Monde at the Museés Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire; in 2004, the statue appeared on a United States postage stamp as part of the ten-stamp Art of the American Indian series. In 2015, it was designated the official Te