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CULTURE: Veracruz AREA OF ORIGIN: Gulf Coast Of Mexico AGE: CA. 100 A.D. - 1000 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A massive ( 12" in height by 7" in width by 4 1/2" in depth) solid hand molded effigy. The figure is constructed of buff terracotta clay and is sitting in the classic cross legged position with his hands resting on his knees. He is garbed in a highly ornate headpiece, ear spools, a substantial necklace with four dangling pendants, and a bracelet on each arm. He has an unusual indented navel and heavily incised slits for eyebrows and eyes. He has a long aqualine nose which makes his profile elegant and stunning. The term "coast watcher" has been coined over the years by archaeologists to describe these artifacts but why they were created and their actual use remains a mystery. The Veracruz people were known for their human sacrifice ceremonies such as the ballgame so perhaps they were constructed for some form of ceremonial usage. PROVENANCE: Lost World Artifacts