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    Seated Figure with Deer Headdress
    Maya, Jaina
    A.D. 550 - 900
    Ceramic, traces of paint
    Height 7 1/2 in. Width 3 1/2 in.

    The male figure is shown seated cross-legged and wearing a kilt with wide belt. The belt includes a flap at the figure's right and one hanging in front over the legs. While the arms are folded near the torso, the man gestures outward from his mouth with the right hand, as though emphasizing a spoken point. A simple, cord-like necklace holds a large central bead. An exaggeratedly large deer head rests on a rolled cushion atop the man's head, with deer head angled sharply upward and the ears hanging behind the man's head. Since both deer ears are replacements, their size and shape are problematic. The front lower belt flap is considerably restored, and rear elements are missing from the necklace. Remains of red and original Maya blue paint are visible. The figure contains a still-functional whistle.

    Provenance
    Collection of Jay C. Leff
    The John-Platt Collection (Daniel M. Friedenberg)
    Sotheby's New York: sale 7902, 15 May 2003, Lot 255, p. 175

    Published
    Von Winning, Hasso, The John-Platt Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Charlottesville: The University of Virginia Art Museum, 1986, p.67, Fig. 124
    Sotheby Parke Bernet Auction Catalogue 4374, May 1980, Item 19

    Exhibited
    Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, October 1959 to January 1960, Exotic Art from Ancient and Primitive Civilizations, Collection of Jay C. Leff



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    September, 2006
    29th Friday
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