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Pre-Columbian / Nayarit Sculpture of a Seated Man - PF.2725a
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The headdress of this charming figure from Western Mexico is one of several basic styles worn by such clay figures. The two protrusions at the top of the figure's head could signify him as a warrior, who normally wore a bucket- shaped helmet with two horns. However, it is more likely that he is a shaman. Horns or conical-shaped hats were a common attribute of the shaman. The shape of the hat was used as a channeling device to summon or speak with the spirits. This shaman is perhaps listening to the gods right now. If we listen carefully, we might be able to hear what wise advice is being exchanged. - (PF.2725a)


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