DescriptionVeracruz "Sonriente" Head with a Bird
C. 600-900 AD
5" Tall x 5¼" Wide
The smiling boy has a soft contoured face, eyes open and angular, the mouth upturned and showing top row of teeth, the hair cropped, wearing earflares, and a headdress of tassels with a rectangular panel. The unusual headdress panel shows a long necked waterbird and an 'X' glyph. The molded faces were heads from standing mold made statues and, considering the large amount of singularly excavated heads, appears to have been ritualistic to break the heads from the figures and place the parts in different ceremonial locations. The fragment is repaired on the backside. A more refined example than the average.
Estimate: $800 - $1,000.
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