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Lot 196, Auction 5/30/2017: Veracruz Pottery Coast Watcher Head

$93.38
Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Veracruz, Classic Period, ca. 450 to 650 CE. This ornate pottery head, once part of a larger figure, features an elaborately ornamented headdress and large hoop-shaped ear ornaments. The disembodied head also has features characteristic to Classic-period Veracruz figures such as puffy eyes, large tube-shaped nose, and bared teeth in an aggressive expression. According to indigenous legend, figures of this type were said to have been placed along the shoreline to watch for invaders; hence the name "coast watchers." Size: 2.875" W x 3.75" H (7.3 cm x 9.5 cm); 5.5" H (14 cm) on stand.

Condition: Originally part of a larger figure. Minor losses to headdress, nose, and neck, surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, and earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: Ex Moore Denver, CO, USA collection, acquired 30 years ago

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