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Aztec Volcanic Stone Statue of a Dwarf

Pre-Columbian, Valley of Mexico, Mexico City region, Aztec Empire, ca. 1200 to 1532 CE. An intriguing statue of a dwarf, hand-carved from porous brown-black volcanic stone. The figure is shown in a kneeling position with arms crossed over its distended abdomen, its head gazing slightly towards the left with a morose expression. Almond-shaped eyes, a wide triangular nose with flared nostrils, full, downturned lips, and large ears comprise the figure's visage, and a closely-shorn coiffure rests above a wide brow. Dwarves were thought not to be individuals with physical abnormalities but rather as seers of the divine with supernatural abilities. Their stunted size indicated that their powers were more highly-concentrated than in those of normal stature, and were regularly consulted as shamans in their community. Concurrently, dwarves were regularly sacrificed to the gods as special, spiritually-potent offerings. Size: 4.25" W x 9.375" H (10.8 cm x 23.8 cm).

Condition: Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small nicks to ears, head, body, and arms, with fading to some finer details, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Lexington, Kentucky, USA collection; ex-private California, USA collection

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