SEATED DIGNITARY

 

SEATED DIGNITARY

Veracruz, 600 – 900 AD
Terracotta, polychrome
Seated Figure: 6 1/8 inches
Provenance: David Campbell Collection, USA, 1996

The seated figure is magnificent.  He sits in lotus position with the arms bent and held forward as if just lifted above his thighs.  His hands are curled and may have held a separate object of some type.  He is bedecked in fabulous finery.  His costume is comprised of a curved, double-tiered hat with deep grooves; huge, trumpet-shaped epaulettes; enormous, circular earspools; a necklace composed of two large twisted cords; a broad, trapezoidal, basketry pectoral suspended from a smooth, double cord; a finely striated capelet with corded detailing; a low-slung belt with inverted U-shaped cloth element bound by a double strand; and rectangular cuffs with three peaked projections on each.  There are good remains or the original orange, red, and blue polychrome.  His face was modeled with great sensitivity.  His forehead is furrowed, granting his gaze great intensity.  The pupils of his almond-shaped eyes are detailed with a tiny pinprick, also adding to the vivacity of expression.  A series of tiny bumps around his mouth represent scarification.