Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - Classic Veracruz - Artifact #4
WHO: Classic Veracruz culture
WHERE: Veracruz, Mexico; Gulf Coast
WHEN: Late Classic Period, A.D. 600-900
WHAT: This figure provides scholars with an example of the clothing worn in ancient times, such as the loincloth and headdress. The flattened forehead on this smiling-faced figure may represent the practice of intentional cranial deformation, or it may simply reflect an artistic convention. Many American cultures considered a flattened forehead desirable and used a variety of techniques to flatten the skulls of infants while they were still pliable.
HOW: Brown earthenware with white pigment; hand-modelled and mould-made elements.
MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.83
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