Monumental Veracruz Sculpture. Remojadas Culture, Veracruz. 300-900 AD. A large, 26 inch tall, and very charming earthenware female dignitary or priestess in elaborately decorated garb. Pinkish red terracotta with areas of buff slip and bituminous paint. She wears a turban-like headdress and a huipil, or poncho, painted with chapopote- a mixture of bitumen and rubber. Her lips and eyes, as well as her ear spools and beads, are also accentuated in black. Reconstructed, with some restorations, from numerous fragments. Loss of the fingers of one hand, and the entire other hand and wrist. There is something missing from the top of her headdress. Fragments are missing from the back of the skirt. Numerous nibbles and chips throughout. I carted this sculpture to New York, and it was inspected and accepted for inclusion in Bonhams May 2015 auction- until the Mexican government objected to their then current standards of provenance. I cannot provide an original bill of sale (which was the problem), but I do have a sworn affidavit from the son of the original owner who legally purchased it from a gallery in Mexico City in 1968. All personal notes and documents from Bonhams included. 26" tall x 11" x 6" variable. 15 lbs.