Colima Sculpture of a Standing Man Holding Rattles - PF.1922,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 13.75" (34.9cm) high,Catalogue: V12,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. This striking figure holds two oddly-shaped objects in his hands. From the swinging motion of his arms, they would appear to be rattles, perhaps made from gourds or animal horn. Buried centuries ago in a west Mexican tomb, such a figure might well represent a mourner at a funeral. The rhythmic beat of his rattles was probably intended to frighten away evil spirits. Even in a world that dismisses such notations as superstition, there is something reassuring in the way this fellow takes his protective duties seriously.
Ancient Central America & Mexico