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Seated Male with Trophy Heads
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Seated Male with Trophy Heads


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Description Two trophy heads are strung on the cords that criss-cross this man’s chest. His horned headdress suggests that he is a shaman or ruler. Shamans were respected not just for their abilities to communicate with the spiritual world but also for their prowess as great warriors. This man demonstrates his own military success by displaying the heads he has captured. During shamanistic rituals of communing with the gods, religious men would drink hallucinogenic beverages. Such an intoxicating libation might be in the cup this figure is holding to his mouth.
Exhibitions
  • Art of Ancient America, 1500 B.C.-1400 A.D.. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe. 1998-2008.
  • Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2012-2013.
  • Crowning Glory: Art of the Americas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2018.
Provenance Michael Robins; acquired by John G. Bourne; given to Walters Art Museum, 2009.
Credit Gift of John Bourne, 2009

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Period
100 BCE-300 CE (Comala Phase)
Medium
earthenware with burnished slip paint
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
2009.20.10
Measurements
H: 17 3/16 x W: 9 13/16 x D: 10 11/16 in. (43.6 x 25 x 27.2 cm)
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Not On View

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