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Tala-Tonalá Style Jalisco Terracotta Standing Figure - PF.4370
Origin: Jalisco, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The sorcerers or shamans of ancient times were supposedly able to change their human shape into an animal form. The representation of this act of magic is seen in the mask of birds or other animals the shamans wore during ceremonies. The face of this shaman seems already to have metamorphosed into a parrot. His arms are about to lift upwards. His right foot is extended as if to help him take off in full flight. The form still bears the impressions of the artist's fingers, and also the instrument that was probably used to create the intricate band on the headdress. This shaman has flown into the modern world, and from his impish grin, he seems to be greatly amused! - (PF.4370)


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