Lot 280

HEAD OF A LARGE STATUE, CERTAINLY AN ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC CULTURE Toltec culture, Central High Plateau of Mexico Ancient
post-classical, 850-1250 AD
Hegira 48 cm
Grey hard stone2000/2500
Head of a bearded man caught in an elaborate hairstyle forming a cylinder around the face; face typical of the Toltec culture: eyes incised in an oval shape with raised eyeballs framing a short, slightly dazzled nose. Mouth ajar. Framing the cheeks, a kind of double-layered hairstyle formed by well arranged hair. The skull is encircled by a high cap held by an incised ribbon from which plumes of feathers start vertically. The upper part of the head forms a small receptacle that may have once served as a perfume burner.
Provenance: Alfred Stendhal
Gallery, Los Angeles, 1960s Franco Monti
Collection, 1960s-1970s

Location of the item
France - 75008 Paris