Veracruz Seated Figure, Pre-Columbian Mexico
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1143140
Athens, GA 30605
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A figure from the ancient region of Veracruz, Mexico, circa 100 A.D. – 300 A.D. This appealing example represents an earlier and particularly fine type of Veracruz figurine from the Remojadas tradition. It measures approximately 5” tall by about 3 1/8” wide, and depicts a seated individual.
They are shown bearing a very serene expression, and wearing an array of adornments including bracelets, a large necklace with pendant, large ear spools and an elaborate head dressing with chinstrap. A small flap is even depicted between the legs, suggesting a loincloth. Their seated posture is very attentive and formalized, which balances nicely with the relaxed facial expression to imply a confident individual of some importance or status.
Condition: This figure is intact with no restoration or repair, with minor loss to parts of the side and top of the head dressing. Otherwise, expected chipping, abrasions, loss, weathering and wear overall, with sediment and mineral deposits remaining.
Provenance: Former Indiana, USA collection.
Reference: See “Ceremonial Sculpture of Ancient Veracruz,” by Goldstein, page 50, for scholarly information and similar examples of this type of Veracruz figure.