Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - Classic Veracruz - Artifact #1

Ceramic figure of a warrior - Classic Veracruz

WHO: Classic Veracruz culture

WHERE: Veracruz, Mexico; Gulf Coast

WHEN: Classic Period, A.D. 300-900

WHAT: This large figure depicts a warrior wearing a mask of flayed skin. Unattached to muscles or bones, the mouth is large and slack and the bridge of the nose is wide and low. The eyelids are loosely closed. The lips of the wearer of the mask can be seen within the open mouth. Figures representing both humans and deities wearing flayed skin masks can be seen frequently in Veracruz ceramics.
Height: 50.8cm

HOW: Hand-modelled red earthenware with traces of white pigment

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.74

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