A fine Veracruz figure of the early Remojadas culture. The man wears a casket-like headdress, matching ear ornaments and a fancy loincloth. The eyes recessed to slits, the prominent nose with a spike, an amulet pendant suspended on the chest.
Chapopote, a mixture of tar and rubber, has been applied on the face and the legs. The forehead and the loincloth with red pigment.
The Remojadas culture is considered part of the larger Classic Veracruz culture and flourished along Mexico’s Gulf Coast.
For related early examples, cf. nos. 5-6, p. 89 in: Ted J. Leyenaar et al. Von Küste zu Küste: Prä-kolumbische Skulpturen aus Meso-Amerika – From Coast to Coast. Exhibition Catalogue. Kassel 1992.
Mexico, early Remojadas Culture, 300 BC-300 AD
H. 12.5 cm (4.9 in)
Minor chips out of the feet, otherwise perfect. Custom mounted on metal stand.
Provenance: Estate of Robert Thompson, Philadelphia (PA), who started collecting in the 1960s.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.