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This spouted vessel figurine has been ingeniously conceived to be two things at the same time: at first sight, it looks like a fairly standard depiction of a man kneeling and raising his left hand to stabilize the jug he carries on his back. But notice how the body of the jug doubles as the body of the man himself.
Effigy of a kneeling man
Late Pre-Classic to Early Classic periods (150 B.C.-300 A.D.)
Red clay with red, white and black pigments
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.
Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara