Hunchback Leaning on Staff
- 10th–12th century
- Mexico, Mesoamerica, Veracruz
- H. 35 x W. 5 3/4 x D. 14 3/4 in. (88.9 x 14.6 x 37.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1963
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The sculpture of the Huastec area of northern Veracruz is distinctly stylized. Here, the fluidly abstract depiction of a figure leaning on a staff might represent old age itself, as it has a lined face, stooped posture, hunched back, and sagging knees. With chin resting on the staff that curves down to end beneath its feet, the figure might be of the Huastec thunder god, Mam, and the staff a digging stick used for planting. The staffs of similar sculptures, however, end in snake heads, raising questions about the specifics of such an interpretation.