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Masked Figure

Date:
7th–9th century
Geography:
Mexico, Mesoamerica, Veracruz
Culture:
Veracruz
Medium:
Ceramic
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/4 x W. 5 in. (21 x 12.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Albert J. Grant and Monique Grant Joint Revocable Trust, 2014
Accession Number:
2014.244.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 358
The object depicts a fantastic four-legged being, seated with a long, curled tail. The three-toed front legs support its body. The creature has a long, pointed snout and even longer ears. It has big round eyes and wears a collar around its neck tied under the chin. On the head rest stacked slab-like elements with a five-pointed crest at the top. Remains of black pigment are visible in some areas.
Albert J. and Monique Grant, New York, acquired 1960s; Albert J. Grant and Monique Grant Joint Revocable Trust, until 2014

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