This Ramos Polychrome piece is superb in all ways.The male hooded effigy measures 9" in height by 9" in diameter and dates Ca.1250 - 1450A.D. During this period Casas Grandes was the main trade center for all of Central and South America and specialized in raising macaws and their feathers. The tan base clay is profusely decorated with numerous elaborate burnt orange and jet black geometric motifs. He has black facial tattooing with elongated almond shaped eyes along with numerous glyphs including interlocking scrolls, a wide band of stylized macaws both on the main body of the piece and the top of his cowel along with both upright and hanging stepped pyramids. He is truly a magnificent example
of ancient talent and creativity. According to my research he most likely represents Tezcalipoca, who was considered the highest ritual god figure in their pantheon, or possibly Cinteotl,the god of corn. There is a very small area of his cowel which has been professionaly restored but no other changes to the original figure...no overpainting or plaster... The jar comes from an old Texas collection and is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal laws.
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