Mexico, Oaxaca, Zapotec
unfired clay, covered with painted stucco, Overall: 22.8 x 12.5 x 13 cm (8 15/16 x 4 7/8 x 5 1/16 in.). Gift of Brian and Florence Mahony 1996.401
This architectural sculpture fragment probably once formed part of a tomb façade; technically similar sculptures have been found at the Zapotec site Lambityeco. Ancestral tombs were usually located beneath the courtyard of the family home and were often reused for successive generations. This image of a man wearing a feline mask over the lower face may portray a lineage founder.
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