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Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Mayan, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A charming, mold-made anthropomorphic effigy earthenware vessel depicting a cargador (carrier) figure seated in a squatting pose with upraised knees and feet planted firmly on the ground, his long arms wrapped around the vessel behind his back, and his head facing forward presenting a focussed countenance on an oval visage with partially closed eyes, a pronounced nose, and full lips, topped by an upswept coiffure. He wears a necklace of applied round beads and earspools to match. Such bearers provided a pivotal service to their communities, because the wheel was not used to help in transporting burdens. Curiously, archaeologists have only found wheels attached to miniature objects that resemble toys in their investigations. Size: 4.5" W x 6.75" H (11.4 cm x 17.1 cm)
Provenance: ex Baker collection, New Mexico, USA
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