This charming figure, rendered with the simplest
of details, stares into infinity, lost in
contemplation. The seamless integration of his
limbs with the rounded body of the vessel
suggests that he is a hunchback. In most of
Ancient America, hunchbacks were considered as
especially favored by the gods. Frequently, they
acted as intermediaries between the world of the
living and that of the spirits. It is perhaps in this
context that this vessel was placed in an ancient
tomb; to guide the deceased into the afterlife.
He seems oblivious to the modern world in which
he now finds himself, as if focused on some
more infinite reality.