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This enigmatic figurine wears heavy ornamentation in every available square centimeter of his body: a hood, heavy earflares, painted face, four-layered neckpiece, broad pectoral, beflowered belt, anklets and high-status sandals. He holds two identical ornate shields which are almost like mirror images of each other, suggesting that they may be halves of a single shield. Alas, the kind of activity this individual may have been engaged in is not at all understood.
Figurine holding two feathered shields
Early Classic (150-400 A.D.)
Teotihuacan, State of Mexico
Clay with remnants of red and white pigments
12 x 4 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.
Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara