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Veracruz Dignitary Pottery Figure Fragment

Veracruz Dignitary Pottery Figure Fragment

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Pre-Columbian era, Veracruz culture, Las Remojadas style, c. 100-1000AD, Mexico.

Important, hand-modeled terracotta head of a dignitary or warrior. The Remojadas culture is considered part of the larger Classic Veracruz culture. Particularly known for its pottery and its various hollow ceramic figures, the Remojadas style figurines are perhaps the most easily recognizable. Usually hand-modeled, and often adorned with appliqués. Figurines portray deities, warriors, rulers, ball-game players and commoners, as well as many types of animals including dogs and deer. The figurines were turned out in incredible quantity for use as burial goods. Locally available natural outcrops of asphalt were used as paint to highlight some features of the figurines.

The head fragment displays naturalistic oval face with fierce expression. Characterized by prominent eyebrow arches surmounting half-closed almond-shaped eyes. A fine aquiline nose and prominent cheekbones. A wide mouth with thick lips is half opened, following the usual artistic references. Elaborate ornamented headdress surrounds the forehead with a flat headband with a turban over it. Good condition. Age-related wear and chip. A few small parts of the head jewelry and ears are lost, otherwise intact. Beautiful patina. Size (only head) approx. 12,1cm x 12,4cm x 5,5cm. Custom stand included.

Provenance: British private collection

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