"Horned" Male (Dwarf?)

100 BCE–300 CE
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This figure’s “horn” may be the spire of a conch shell, a reference to fertility.


This figure’s concentrated, otherworldly expression is emphasized by the hornlike element strapped to its forehead. This "horn" may be the spire of a conch shell, which comes from water and, therefore, refers to fertility—likely an important ritual concern of West Mexican chiefs. The element also could represent the "horn of power" worn in some areas of the world by shamans, the spiritual leaders and healers of small, non-industrial societies.
"Horned" Male (Dwarf?)

"Horned" Male (Dwarf?)

100 BCE–300 CE

West Mexico, Colima, Comala style


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