Precolumbian Sculpture #58, Teotihuacán Big Mouth, Mexican Sculpture, Art For Sale
Precolumbian head with open mouth from Teotihuacán, Mexico(1) Precolumbian, sculpted, ceramic head; most likely 500 A.D. or older (That is 1,000 years or more before Cortez invaded Mexico and conquered the Aztecs. The Aztecs, who arrived in the Valley of Mexico long after Teotihuacán was abandoned, named the ruins Teotihuacán - "place of the gods." The Aztecs and the Greeks had the same word for gods - "teo.").(2) Dimensions. approximately 1.5 inches high. I apologize for not providing metric dimensions. I live in a country that clings to ancient English measuring systems instead of the clearly superior and much more functional metric system. (3) Medium. clay, hard fired under great heat.(4) Provenance. I found this head (and other heads) in a farmer's field near the center of the ruins of Teotihuacán, near Mexico City, in 1966 or 1967, when I was an anthropology student at the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City. Generally, these farmers' fields were rocky and dusty but rain would wash the dust off the rocks and reveal that some of them had faces - and were terracotta heads and not rocks. Many times, after a rain, I would take a bus from Mexico City to Teotihuacán, explore the farmers' fields, and look for those features that were not visible when covered with dust. In this way, I acquired dozens of precolumbian heads.How to distinguish an authentic precolumbian sculpture from a fake: (1) provinance; know the source; (2) study precolumbian anthropology; see what's in the museums and the books; (3) lick, or otherwise wet, the object and see how long it takes to dry; ancient ceramics take a long time to dry because they are more porous than new ceramics.Photos show front, side, and back.
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Precolumbian Sculpture #58, Teotihuacán Big Mouth, Mexican Sculpture, Art: $33