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Veracruz Mexico Pre-Columbian ceramic Warrior figure sculpture

ca. 300-600 CE

$12,000

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Figure of a Chanting Warrior Ceramic with bitumen highlights 300-600 CE (Classic Period) Mexico, Veracruz, possibly Nopiloa Veracruz Culture Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Vera Cruz culture, also known as Totonac (Totonaca), Remojadas, ca. 300 to 600 CE. A dramatic ceramic depiction of a warrior, shown seated, legs crossed, hands placed gently on thighs, as if if transcendent meditation. The face tilts upward, lifelike with wide eyes, a narrow nose, and mouth open, singing or more likely chanting. The figure wears a cape and elaborate headdress. Most notable and distinctive is the large, strung face pendant hanging on the warrior's neck. Large earspools adorn ear ear. Thick black pigment known as chapopote, that is common to Veracruz artwork and is made from petroleum-rich deposits, covers the mouth area and is used to accent the beaded necklace and headdress. Excavations near the modern Mexican town of Remojadas have revealed two types of impressive, detailed pottery figures from the Veracruz period: the Sonrientes, the joyous "smiling faces", and figures like this one, more serious, mostly adult figures, sometimes with elaborate costumes, themes, and props that all seem to point towards religious or political ceremonies. These figures are often found with the bodies broken into pieces though with the heads largely intact, as they were ritually destroyed as burial offerings. Their clothing suggests that they depict people of import in society, perhaps priests or nobility. Condition: Repaired and restored. Lower right leg is missing. A piece of the shoulder cape, at the hem line just below his chest, has been reattached and glue mark is evident. Also, each projection at the headdress crest has been broken off and reattached. All pigment is original. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases

Details

  • Creation Year
    ca. 300-600 CE
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.5 in. (34.29 cm)Width: 6.75 in. (17.15 cm)Depth: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU24525337472

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