Oct 18, 2011
Oct 18, 2011




Carved bone

Overall: 5.1 cm (2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1996.293



Holding an axe in one hand, a human head in the other, this figurine depicts a ritual sacrificer. His fierce mask probably portrays either a puma or a fox. Incised patterns on the figure's body and headdress indicate elaborate tapestry garments. The ancient rituals embodied by this small carving must have been both visually spectacular and emotionally powerful.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Carved bone

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