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§ Pair of statuettes evoking a couple in a shamanic ceremony. They display codified postures; the man has his arms crossed in an arc of a circle supported by two pillars, perhaps evoking the symbolic entrance to a temple. Their bodies are decorated with ceremonial paintings and they display ecstatic expressions. The shaman has two mushrooms represented on the edge of his head. These psilocybe cubensis-type hallucinogenic mushrooms, considered sacred in Western Mexican cultures, were called "Flesh of the Gods" (Teonanacatl). Used by the shamans, they allowed the trance to symbolically approach the invisible and sacred worlds.Beige, coffee red and brown terracotta.Superb state of preservation.Zacatetas, Western Mexico, 100 BC - 300 AD.H: 39 and 39.5 cm. Provenance: Former Arturo Aguinaga Collection, Barcelona.Bibliography: The Maremont Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, ed. From the Israel Museum, Jerusalem 1979, figs. 26 and 27 for related works.A certificate of Thermoluminescence will be given to the purchaser.

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