Description This figure was probably a prized possession placed in a tomb. It shows a man perhaps under the influence of hallucinogens, with a gentle smile on his face and his hands placed on his chest. The part in his hair and much of his face and chest have been emphasized by the use of red pigment. This is probably the mercury compound cinnabar, which seems to have been used as a marker of sacredness on certain grave offerings or ritual objects in the ancient Americas.
Provenance The Merrin Gallery, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Private collection, 1991, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Anonymous gift, 2009
Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License