Architectural Sculpture Fragment

Architectural Sculpture Fragment

c. 700-1000

Unfired clay, covered with painted stucco

Overall: 22.8 x 12.5 x 13 cm (9 x 4 15/16 x 5 1/8 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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