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Lot 130:

Vera Cruz Smiling Pottery Sonriente Head, 600 - 800 AD

Gulf coast of Mexico, Remojadas. Gorgeous effigy head, wearing an elaborate headdress with a clouded moon like scene carved in relief. Wide almond shaped eyes, triangular protruding nose, with slit smiling mouth and high cheekbones. Size 6 1/4" H x 5 1/4" W x 4 1/4" L, 8" H on custom stand.

For more on Vera Cruz see Ancient Art of Vera Cruz, Ethnic Arts Council of L.A., 1971. Also see Ceremonial Sculpture of Ancient Vera Cruz, Hillwood Art Center, Long Island University, 1987.

Condition: Central spiral of headdress has been stabilized and has visible crack.