Condition: Good condition
Object sold with a certificate of authenticity
This tall and very expressive figure is a marvellous synthesis of Chontal art, born in the deep valleys of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, and the art of Teotihuacán, an immense ceremonial city located in the central highlands that radiated for more than eight centuries over a large part of Mesoamerica.
This crossbreeding is visible through the naturalism of the face attributed to Chontal works and through the hieraticism of the body, reflecting the conventions that existed in Teotihuacán. In other words, the head is rather realistic and detailed, while the torso and legs are schematic and rigid.
The top of the head is left rough and the forehead is short. The expressive face is structured by thick, protruding eyebrow arches that stretch to the temples, and a powerful nose with incised wings and perforated nostrils. The upper eyelids are drawn and large eye sockets are hollowed out superficially. The oval mouth is wide open and its lips swollen. It takes up most of the lower part of the face. The furrows running down from the nose to the cheeks are marked. The lower jaw is strong and slightly pointed. The ears are represented soberly by two straight projections. Remnants of red polychrome can be seen on this handsome face.
The neck is barely visible and the shoulders are narrow and square. The arms are roughly sculpted along the body. The rectangular chest is flat except for the lower abdomen, whose rectangular relief evokes a loincloth. The legs are apart and arched, with no apparent feet. The wrists are highlighted by an incision and the knee joints stand out, a detail that confirms the influence of Teotihuacán, whose statues mostly show reliefs at the elbows and knees.