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    Fine Veracruz Standing Priestess with Flayed Arm

    Veracruz
    C. 600-900 AD
    Buff Terra Cotta
    12ΒΌ" Tall x 10" Wide

    The woman stands with arms bent at her sides, the palms open toward the sky, and leans forward slightly. She wears a long skirt, feet exposed below, a belt across the waist and decorated with 'V' form dangles with a central ornament. The delicately modeled face is almost Teotihuacan in character. The head is formed in a subtle triangular, softly contoured shape, having arching brows, almond shaped eyes, nose with lightly flared nostrils, and a wide open elliptical mouth with the gum line rendered and tongue inside. The woman has hair decorated of incised tufts below a massive headdress. The head covering features a prominent front panel with a human arm; hand is intact while the arm itself is flayed and exposing the radius and ulna forearm bones. Two tied knots mount the arm and long lappets flow over her shoulders. The image portrays the significance of ritualistic human sacrifice by the Veracruz culture, the priestess here wearing a severed arm of a flayed human. The headdress is missing two larger panels to the rear, losses from ancient times, and may have been decorated with more human appendages. The depiction of a female priest or noble woman participating in human sacrifice rituals is particularly scarce.

    The statue has minimal repairs. One lappet is reconstructed from original pieces, other is modern; three fingers reattached; the knots at headdress  are reconstructed, a piece missing;; both arms reattached at one spot; and the skirt appears to be missing a longer  fold over the rear and with some restoration to the lowest area. This lot requires third party shipping.


    Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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