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Michoacan Vessel in the Form of a Seated Man - PF.2033
Origin: Michoacan, Mexico
Circa: 500 BC to 200 BC
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high x 4.5" (11.4cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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With lively energy, using a few abstract lines, the artist has delineated the human figure. The hollow cavity suggests that this little sculpture was left as a funerary votive, filled with an offering of food or drink. A further connection to funerary ritual is made by the floral adornments which encircle the head; these appear to be peyote buds used to make connections with the spirit world. Exotic and unfamiliar though such a figure might be, it nonetheless connects us in a direct way with a distant human life not unlike our own. - (PF.2033)


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