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AN OUTSTANDING ORNATE VERACRUZ SHAMAN HEAD FRAGMENT

AN OUTSTANDING ORNATE VERACRUZ SHAMAN HEAD FRAGMENT


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1354276

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CULTURE: Veracruz ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 600 - 900 A.D. SIZE: 5 1/2" in height by 6" in width (The piece comes with a wooden base for mounting and stands 7 1/2" in height when mounted) DESCRIPTION: A visually striking large ornate Veracruz shaman head fragment. The buff colored clay figure has large circular ear ornaments as well as a profusely decorated banded headpiece enclosing incised circles and deeply slashed horizontal slits. The headpiece has two large triangular flaps beneath the lower band. The figure is also wearing a rope-like applied necklace. The eyes are quite narrow and the nose is small and aqualine in shape. The original black bitumen pigment is still evident around the mouth, cheeks, and chin. The figure personifies elegance and confidence. A fine example of an unusual type.