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Vintage Mexican Art Pottery Clay Maya Seated Male Figurine Statue

Vintage Mexican Art Pottery Clay Maya Seated Male Figurine Statue

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  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Material: Pottery
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Vintage Mexican Art Pottery Clay Maya Seated Male Figurine Statue

Sitting Male Clay Figurine Statue-1 Pc. (there is a companion piece also for sale on my site, see last photo)

Purchased in the early 1970’s in Mexico by my husband

Measures:
9" tall
4-1/2" wide
4-3/4" deep.
In wonderful vintage condition. Figurines have been in storage for over 35 years,

The Maya were a smaller race of people with dark skin, dark eyes and straight black hair, but to them what was considered physically beautiful was not the way they were born, but a long sloping forehead and slightly crossed-eyes.
It didn’t matter what social class you were were in – the Priests and warriors, merchants and artisans, loaders, bricklayers, woodcutters, peasants, and slaves alike all desired this type of beauty.

The Mayas prized a long sloping forehead. It is thought that this is because it resembled an ear of corn – not only the staple of their diets, but they believed that it was from the corn that all humans were created. The corn god himself (Yum Kaax) was depicted with an elongated head with a husk attached to it.
To achieve the sleek straight elegant look that the Maya admired, it had to start when their babies were born. Really you had no say in the look at all.

The Maya would bind the newborn infant’s head between two boards for several days. The infant was tied on a board and then another board was attached at an angle. This then gradually increased the pressure on the baby’s head creating a deeply sloped forehead. It was common for a child to die from this process, but as the sloped head was considered extremely attractive, the parents ignored the risk and deformation continued. Whilst it was an extremely dangerous practice, it has been found that it had no effect on the intelligence of the child, as the brain has a great deal of plasticity in infancy and was able to accommodate itself to the new shape.

The Mayas also held slightly crossed-eyes in high esteem. Apart from changing the actual shape of their children’s heads, the Maya parents also attempted to induce this condition.

They would do this by hanging a piece of thread between the infant’s eyes with a stone or ball of resin attached that caused their eyes to focus on it, eventually causing the eyes to rotate inwards.

This is still practiced today with the Maya of today still considering crossed-eyes to be physically beautiful.


Thank you for your business!

Tedious but Important General Information: Our home is non-smoking. While I do my best to describe any scents, odors or potential allergens, my items are pre-owned. This may pose a problem for the exquisitely sensitive or very allergic...please keep this in mind before bidding or buying. No returns on shoes, hats or other clothing, so please check all measurements carefully.

I sell many Vintage items—please remember that Vintage means they have almost always been used by someone, and may have a few flaws. I do my best to point these out, so please check all pictures closely. Remember VINTAGE means they are not making these any more, and you are buying something unique!

Items may be returned under certain conditions—if the item is blatantly different from my description, or there is something wrong with it that I failed to mention. Please Note: I will refund ONLY the original cost of the item, no shipping charges, insurance, etc. Buyer pays all return costs. Please add Delivery Confirmation and/or Insurance to any returns, for your own protection.

Shipping: Shipping will be prompt. I ship shipped within 3 business days via address provided. Insurance is included on all purchases over $50.00 in value. Please notify if you would like to add insurance to orders under $50.00 or if you would like to upgrade the shipping for an additional cost.
Vintage Mexican Art Pottery Clay Maya Seated Male Figurine Statue

Sitting Male Clay Figurine Statue-1 Pc. (there is a companion piece also for sale on my site, see last photo)

Purchased in the early 1970’s in Mexico by my husband

Measures:
9" tall
4-1/2" wide
4-3/4" deep.
In wonderful vintage condition. Figurines have been in storage for over 35 years,

The Maya were a smaller race of people with dark skin, dark eyes and straight black hair, but to them what was considered physically beautiful was not the way they were born, but a long sloping forehead and slightly crossed-eyes.
It didn’t matter what social class you were were in – the Priests and warriors, merchants and artisans, loaders, bricklayers, woodcutters, peasants, and slaves alike all desired this type of beauty.

The Mayas prized a long sloping forehead. It is thought that this is because it resembled an ear of corn – not only the staple of their diets, but they believed that it was from the corn that all humans were created. The corn god himself (Yum Kaax) was depicted with an elongated head with a husk attached to it.
To achieve the sleek straight elegant look that the Maya admired, it had to start when their babies were born. Really you had no say in the look at all.

The Maya would bind the newborn infant’s head between two boards for several days. The infant was tied on a board and then another board was attached at an angle. This then gradually increased the pressure on the baby’s head creating a deeply sloped forehead. It was common for a child to die from this process, but as the sloped head was considered extremely attractive, the parents ignored the risk and deformation continued. Whilst it was an extremely dangerous practice, it has been found that it had no effect on the intelligence of the child, as the brain has a great deal of plasticity in infancy and was able to accommodate itself to the new shape.

The Mayas also held slightly crossed-eyes in high esteem. Apart from changing the actual shape of their children’s heads, the Maya parents also attempted to induce this condition.

They would do this by hanging a piece of thread between the infant’s eyes with a stone or ball of resin attached that caused their eyes to focus on it, eventually causing the eyes to rotate inwards.

This is still practiced today with the Maya of today still considering crossed-eyes to be physically beautiful.


Thank you for your business!

Tedious but Important General Information: Our home is non-smoking. While I do my best to describe any scents, odors or potential allergens, my items are pre-owned. This may pose a problem for the exquisitely sensitive or very allergic...please keep this in mind before bidding or buying. No returns on shoes, hats or other clothing, so please check all measurements carefully.

I sell many Vintage items—please remember that Vintage means they have almost always been used by someone, and may have a few flaws. I do my best to point these out, so please check all pictures closely. Remember VINTAGE means they are not making these any more, and you are buying something unique!

Items may be returned under certain conditions—if the item is blatantly different from my description, or there is something wrong with it that I failed to mention. Please Note: I will refund ONLY the original cost of the item, no shipping charges, insurance, etc. Buyer pays all return costs. Please add Delivery Confirmation and/or Insurance to any returns, for your own protection.

Shipping: Shipping will be prompt. I ship shipped within 3 business days via address provided. Insurance is included on all purchases over $50.00 in value. Please notify if you would like to add insurance to orders under $50.00 or if you would like to upgrade the shipping for an additional cost.

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