Lot 76: Large Huastec Carved Stone Coyote

Artemis Gallery

July 20, 2017
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Huastec, ca. 900 to 1450 CE. A charming grey volcanic stone carving of a coyote's head. Fine details of the ears, eyes, and mouth, give the stone form, which seems to have been originally somewhat coyote-head shaped and only slightly modified and smoothed! The coyote is a trickster figure in Mesoamerican mythology, god of music and dance, called Huehuecoyotl in Nahuatl. The disembodied head form may have been to remind the viewer of the popular headdresses that we know the Huastec wore ritually - carved statues show female and male warriors wearing avian, serpent, jaguar, and coyote headdresses. Size: 9.5" L x 6" W x 5.25" H (24.1 cm x 15.2 cm x 13.3 cm)

Provenance: private collection of the late Peter Arnovick, San Francisco, California, USA

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Condition Report: Smoothing to form from age and handling
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