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Stone Sculpture, Vera Cruz, Mexico: Ex Heflin

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Stone Sculpture, Vera Cruz, Mexico: Ex Heflin
Possibly a representation of the wind god, this 9” tall stone sculpture (AXH1461B) is from the Dr. Allen Heflin collection. Marked on the back on a white ink panel is Heflin’s note that it was found in Vera Cruz, Mexico. Though he didn’t attribute it to a specific group, it is thought to be Huasteca in origin, dating c.900-1300AD. Made from dense volcaniclastic stone, the figure from the front depicts a crested, open-mouthed face. When examined from the side or top, there’s an apparent separate figure (characteristic Precolumbian dualism) noted by its rimmed wide eyes, trailing ears, with the crest on the top of the frontal figure serving as a serrated nose and mouth on the secondary one. In overall good condition, the base (possibly used as a heavy pestle) is moderately damaged, and the nose has suffered some light damage. This provenanced artifact would display nicely on a custom mount. It comes with a small display card, a write-up about Heflin and his lifetime activities, a map of eastern Mexico highlighting the area where the Huasteca lived, and a certificate guaranteeing authenticity.

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