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    Veracruz "Sonriente" Smiling Boy

    Veracruz
    C. 600-900 AD
    Buff Terra Cotta
    12½" Tall x 8¾" Wide

    The young boy stands upright with arms extended to his sides, one hand open, the other holding a small rattle, possibly a gourd. He smiles widely exposing his teeth, having almond shaped eyes, the tall head cover featuring a stair stepped Chac or temple glyph, the other a curling plume in relief. The waist is covered with a short skirt featuring another pair of stair stepped temple designs, the center with a feathered serpent head with a beak. Such glyphs as on this statue show the close ties between the Maya and Veracruz cultures. The votive statue is mold made in two parts, the head created separate from the body and then the neck inserted and joined; because of this, single 'sonriente' full statues are scarce compared to the volume of head fragments. This example, with only the right hand and the left foot reattached, is nice condition and only lightly cleaned. This lot requires third party shipping.


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