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Mayan Figure with Articulated Arms - PF.5546
Origin: El Salvador
Circa: 300 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 5.25" (13.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

$6,800.00
Location: United States
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Description
Today, this small sculpture appears to be a child’s toy, sort of an ancient action figure. You can just picture a child posing the attached, jointed arms. The figure is fairly androgynous, wearing ear ornaments, a necklace, and a fancy hairstyle. However, the looks of this mysterious figure are deceptive to modern eyes. Our first impression could not be further from the truth. Found inside a tomb, buried next to a fallen ruler, this sculpture clearly played an important role in the afterlife. Perhaps it is a guardian to accompany the fallen into the next world. Perhaps it is a memorial of a relative to watch over the deceased. What appears to be rather trivial to us is instead imbedded with a potent energy and magic that transcends time and life itself. This figure has seen the other side and has returned unscathed to reveal its secrets from beyond. - (PF.5546)

 

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