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Pre-Columbian Veracruz smiling man figure, Sonriente ca. 600 to 900 CE. "laughing man" with COA Remojadas Authentic Artifact

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Authentic Pre-Columbian "Smiling Man" or "Laughing Man" Veracruz artifact. This stunning artifact dates circa 6th to 9th Century. This Sonriente-style figurine (smiling face) displays smiling mouth with e heart-shaped visage with a raised brow, a pair of narrowed almond-shaped eyes, a broad nose, prominent cheeks, and a bowed lip smile, with parted lips exposing teeth, as though mid-laugh. This jovial child wears a square headdress that flares at the top and is incised with three decorative motifs, one centered and the other two on each side. Piece measures approx. 6.25" Wide by 6" in Height - head is fragment from larger statue. 7.5" H (19 cm) on included custom stand. Some believe these "Smiling or Laughing Pieces" can be read as expressions of Mesoamerican humor, possibly associated with a god of joy and dance, but there are hints of a more sinister meaning. It is possible these figures may relate to a cult of Pulque, an intoxicating drink created from the fermented sap of the maguey plant, drunk by priests and victims prior to sacrifice. Condition: Fragment of larger piece. Mouth and chin area have been repaired from several pieces. Expected surface wear, as shown. Otherwise, very nice with earthen deposits throughout interior. Provenance: Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from very well respected gallery that deals in Antiquities where it was purchased. Further: private Naples, Florida collection, bequeathed 2017;ex-estate of Dr. W.M. Bogdanowicz, Naples, Florida, USA Released from private collection that has sold in New York City galleries as well as top auction-Guaranteed Authentic All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. Free domestic shipping! Returns & exchanges Refunds and Exchanges We accept returns within 30 days of the purchase of the item. However, the buyer is responsible for shipping the item back to us and that cost will not be refunded. We will refund your money for the item as soon as we receive the item back. Please send the item back to us with tracking or insured.