Head fragment

CULTURE:
Teotihuacan
DATE:
100–600 CE
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General Description

The human face was a popular sculptural theme at Teotihuacan, where it was carved in a range of sizes and in a variety of materials. The face is generally triangular in shape and has a wide, low forehead. This example is decorated with a helmet-like headdress and ear ornaments, one of which has been damaged. The small scale and fragmented base of this particular example suggests it was likely originally attached to a larger image of the human figure, either sculpted from clay that has been broken or made from perishable material. Figures such as these are commonly referred to as originally having a funerary function as they have been found in burials.

Adapted from

Carol Robbins, Label text [1973.49], A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.