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HOME : PRE COLUMBIAN ART : Pre-Columbian Art Collection/ HK : Ameca-Ezatlán Style Jalisco Sculpture of a Crouching Shaman
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Ameca-Ezatlán Style Jalisco Sculpture of a Crouching Shaman - PF.4480
Origin: Jalisco, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 12.25" (31.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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Description
The image of the human figure has been a great source of fascination since the beginning of time for every culture known. Yet expression remains key to the character of the piece. This glazed earthenware piece demonstrates the complexity of the expression and the effect it has when it is properly accomplished. The squatting position illustrates a Shaman, a man of high power and position within society. All the adornments, such as the headpiece, nose ring, armlets and earrings continue to exemplify his importance. Though anatomical correctness is not essential in such pieces, expression is. The enigmatic smile, elongated nose accentuating the smile and wide, almond shaped eyes all suggest extreme alertness and wisdom, for which he would have been known and greatly revered. The material from which the sculpture was made also suggests strength from within, yet a familiarity as well, making people throughout the ages feel comfortable. - (PF.4480)

 

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