The human form has been a source of inspiration for artists of every era and geographic area. Over time, images and representations of human figures have referred to every day, ordinary people and gods and goddesses alike. In the case of ancient Mesoamerican figures, the distinctions between the two are sometimes unclear. The ancient Mesoamerican artwork in the museum’s collection was produced nearly 2000 years ago for funerary purposes. The items (interpreted as warriors, musicians and shamanic figures) were meant to be buried in the tombs of high-ranking rulers.