Mexico, Veracruz, Municipality of Texistepec, San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, 1200–900 BC
Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, Universidad Veracruzana (Reg. 49 P.J. 4026)
The furrowed brow, almond-shaped eyes, flaccid cheeks, flat nose, and thick mouth on this head convey great realism and suggest an individual of mature age in a
leadership role. His helmet displays elements typical of other San Lorenzo portrait heads, such as the horizontal band topped by a woven motif with circular elements. Unique to this portrait are two bird feet or feline claws with three toes, each with a talon, which may signify the subject’s name or lineage. The back is flat, implying that
the sculpture may have been recarved from an earlier monument.
Photo: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes—Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia—México—Javier Hinojosa