Lot 78: Large/Fine Veracruz Sonriente Head

Artemis Gallery

October 27, 2016, 7:00 AM PST
Louisville, CO, US
1 saved

More About this Item


Description: Pre-Columbian, Vera Cruz, ca. 100 BCE to 800 CE. This is a very nice example of a hollow pottery "Sonriente" head from the Veracruz region of Gulf Coast Mexico. Sonrientes, or "smiling faces", are the most famous pottery from this period in Veracruz (known as Remojadas for its keystone archaeological site). Like this one, they depict wide, smiling, childlike faces, spooled earrings, and large headdresses. The smile on this one is more of a suggestion rather than the lurid grin of the standard "sonriente" figure. Smiling faces are very rare in Mesoamerican art, but in Remojadas and the surrounding area, there are thousands of these Sonrientes figures, leading to a mystery for archaeologists. Some have suggested that the smiles are the result of consuming the alcoholic beverage pulque, or taking hallucinogenic drugs; others see them as representing performers. Size: 4.6" W x 5.75" H (11.7 cm x 14.6 cm) Provenance: Ex Scollard collection, LA, California All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116164
Condition Report: Head is removed from a larger statue, but the head itself
Request more information

Payment

Accepted forms of payment: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Shipping: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense
Buyer's Premium
24.5%
From: To: Increment:
$0 $299 $25
$300 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000 $199,999 $10,000
$200,000+ $25,000
Shipping Terms: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense
View full terms and conditions