Gray volcanic stone
Overall: 21.1 x 15.3 x 16.2 cm (8 5/16 x 6 x 6 3/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Wise 1945.124
This head’s identity is unknown but the deep furrows on the face suggest age.
Little can be said about this head’s identity and meaning, although the deep, dramatic furrows that line the face suggest age and the crest that curves across the top of the head has been compared to that of a bird. Such heads were one element of the regalia used in an ancient ballgame associated with complex mythology and equally elaborate art production on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, in present-day Veracruz.
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