Pre-Hispanic female sculpture found in Veracruz, Mexico


Residents of the state of Veracruz, in eastern Mexico, found on January 1 a pre-Hispanic female sculpture almost two meters high, reported INAH the country’s anthropology institute.

The piece was located on an agricultural land in the community of Hidalgo Amajac, in Veracruz and belongs to the Huasteca culture. Specialists estimate that the piece dates from the period known as the Late Postclassic (1425-1521 AD). 

“This piece represents an elite young woman, ‘possibly a ruler because of her posture and attire, rather than a deity, as almost all Huastec female sculptures have been interpreted,” said the National Institute of ANTHROPOLOGY and History (INAH) in a statement released over the weekend. 

The figure is made of limestone rock and measures 60 centimeters at its widest and it is around 25 centimeters thick. 

The INAH explained that the figure sports a small face with open, hollow eyes that ” must have been filled with inlays of obsidian or another stone .” He also said that it is the first sculpture of its kind ever found in the area. 

Archaeological findings are common in Mexico, where several pre-Hispanic cultures previously converged.

Just in December, excavations in Mexico City uncovered the outer façade and one side of the tzompantli, a tower of human skulls erected during the Aztec empire. 

Source: Tribuna de la Bahía

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