Pre-Columbian, Gulf Coast Mexico, Vera Cruz, Remojadas, ca. 550 to 950 CE. A finely-detailed, hand-built terracotta effigy head from a larger figure. Meant to resemble a priest, this sizable visage boasts classic Remojadas-style features such as ovoid eyes, an open mouth with stylized teeth, cupped ears with discoid earspools, and a broad forehead. Atop the brow line rests a large headdress embellished with incised linear bands in both horizontal and angular designs as well as a fluted, dark-gray brim. While the verso is unadorned, a large rectangular vent hole is clearly visible; a smaller rectangular hole is also present on the obverse side of headdress. With black-painted pupils and mouth periphery, this is a wonderful depiction of a classic Vera Cruz bust! Comes with custom display stand. Size: 6.7" H (17 cm); 12.5" H (31.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Dr. George Wald collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, acquired in the 1960s. Dr. George Wald was the recipient of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the retina.
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This is a fragment of a larger figure. Age-commensurate surface wear, light fading to black pigmentation, small chips to neck base, ears, earspools, and brim of headdress, otherwise very good. Earthen deposits within recessed areas and great mineral deposits throughout.