Culture: Zapotec Origin: Mexico / Valley of Oaxaca / Monte Alban Age: Ca. 600 B. C. - 800 A. D. Size: 7" in height x 6" in width. DESCRIPTION: A stunning creative work of ancient art. The effigy has an assured and beautifully modeled commanding face of a warrior or noble staring confidently straight ahead. He is sitting with legs crossed. His countenance is calm, majestic and assertive. He is adorned with ear spools, a large single strand necklace (most likely jade), and a wide belt circles his waist. His headpiece is large and ornate with striations resembling hair and is designed to carefully outline his face to accentuate the deeply incised eyes and aqualine nose. His hands are deeply detailed and deeply incised. His almond shaped eyes are half closed as if in a trance. The right end of the hairdo has been professionally restored as well as the underside which has been resurfaced since it had become somewhat fragile from ancient usage. This is a rare and hard to find example of the type. Very few appear on the market and they are often quite large and very expensive. A number of these figures were often placed in a tomb and range in size from massive sculptures down to miniscule poison bottle size. A fine addition to any quality collection or he stands on his own as a single piece of ancient art to be given a place of honor on a mantlepiece or coffee table.