SOLD Antique Pre-Columbian Female Ceramic Figure with Elongated Skulls 300 BC-400 AD
SOLD Antique Pre-Columbian Jama - Coaque ceramic figure 300 B.C. - 400A.D. depicting a standing female with outstretched arms, wearing a skirt and artificial cranial deformation or modification (head flattening, or head binding).
Intentional cranial deformation predates written history; it was practised commonly in a number of cultures that are widely separated geographically and chronologically, and still occurs today in a few places.
In the Americas, the Maya, Inca, and certain tribes of North American natives performed the custom.
Deformation usually begins just after birth for the next couple of years until the desired shape has been reached or the child rejects the apparatus.
Motivations and theories
One modern theory is cranial deformation was likely performed to signify group affiliation or to demonstrate social status. Such motivations may have played a key role in Maya society aimed at creating a skull shape that is aesthetically more pleasing or associated with desirable attributes.
CONDITION: In good condition, showing its age and wear, right ear chipped. No repairs or restorations.
DIMENSIONS: Height: 9 cm. (3 1/2 in.) width: 5.5 cm (2 1/8) in.