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.
[Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York, until 1954]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1954, on loan to Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1956–1963; Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1963–1978
Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, 606.
Schlotterback, Thomas. 5000 Years of Art: An Exhibition from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bellingham, WA: Whatcom Museum of History and Art, 1976.