Pre-Columbian, Gulf Coast Mexico, Veracruz (Vera Cruz) culture, ca. 5th to 7th century CE. A fabulous hollow-molded pottery toy rattle depicting a standing anthropomorphic figure with stocky arms, a beaded necklace, and an incised tunic. The broad face bears puffy eyes, a perky nose, full lips, and tall ears with discoid earrings, all beneath a finely striated coiffure as well as an arching headdress. In front of the figure's lower body is an intriguing turtle with a raised head between two front paws, a perky tail protruding on top, and an ovoid shell adorned with intricately incised curvilinear details. The petite balls contained within the body create a pleasing rattling sound when jostled. Size: 4.5" W x 5.1" H (11.4 cm x 13 cm); 5.875" H (14.9 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Huber collection, New York, USA, acquired before 1990
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Repaired from a few large pieces, with resurfacing and overpainting along some break lines. Minor losses to some headdress elements and areas of peripheries as shown. Minor nicks to body, head, turtle, peripheries, and verso, with softening to some incised details, and fading to original pigmentation. Nice earthen deposits throughout. Rattle still emits noise when jostled.