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Western Mexican Sculpture of a Seated Man - PF.1924
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 11.625" (29.5cm) high
Catalogue: V2
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Description
This powerful figure presses his hand to his heart, as if making a pledge of loyalty of devotion. His prominent jewelry identifies him as an individual of rank. Centuries ago, he was buried in an ancient tomb to keep eternal vigil with the deceased. We cannot be certain if he represents the dead chieftain whose tomb it was, or a living dignitary who was paying his respects. Though the figure is rendered with bold abstraction, the energy it projects is genuinely human. Such a figure puts us in touch with the essential emotions that unite all cultures across time. - (PF.1924)

 

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