Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, Ameca type, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-built, bichrome pottery duo depicting a ruthless warrior directing his intimidating club toward a helpless victim. This fierce warrior is dressed for battle, wearing a bicorned helmet and barrel shaped armor (perhaps a form that inspired the term 'barrel chested'), with a no-nonsense, "take no prisoners" attitude. His determined visage is finely delineated with almond-shaped bulging eyes, a relatively naturalistic nose, prominent cup-shaped ears, and a jutting lower lip. Other intriguing details include his beautifully slip decorated armor, striated legs and armbands, and revealed male genitalia. He holds the head of his prisoner who appears nude though his body is also adorned by red striations. This pair was created for a shaft tomb, symbolically depicted a continuum between the worlds of the living and the dead. A brawny warrior protector showing his prisoner just who is boss - displaying his militant prowess with serious attitude. Size: 7.5" W x 9" H (19 cm x 22.9 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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