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Seated Polychrome Figure of a Male - SP.549
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 1200 AD to 1350 AD
Dimensions: 5.75" (14.6cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Seated polychrome figure of a male Once containing seeds for use in ceremonial rituals, this polychrome vessel boldly incorporates geometric patterns consistent with traditional Casas Grandes motifs, but with a uniquely asymmetrical presentation even referencing both the male and female Notice the grouping of three parallel lines under each of the eyes. This is reminiscent of one of the most ancient and widespread gods of Mesoamerica, Tlaloc, god of water and giver of life. Symbolic as fallen tears, Tlaloc took special notice when the tears were of children as they were the ones usually sacrificed in his honor. The more the children cried, the greater the expected rainfall. Beholding this icon of ancient art, it makes the mind wander if it was an ancestor figure, a deity, or a symbol of fertility. In the region of what is now the vast desert of Northern Chihuahua there once existed a great cultural and trading center known as Casas Grandes. Raw materials such as seashells and tortoise shells were imported, stored, and later worked into jewelry and religious items by Casas Grandes artisans. A wide variety of distinctive pottery was made locally and traded for other styles from regions in the north, including the Anasazi from modern Arizona, via well-worn trails. The cities architecture and public works suggest the presence of an organized government. Similar to the Anasazi, this thriving indigenous society seemed to suddenly vanish, leaving behind nothing more than scorched buildings, deteriorating artifacts, and human and animal remains; frustrating clues for scientists to speculate over the rich cultural traditions of the Casas Grandes pueblo people and their sudden demise - (SP.549)

 

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